I am currently taking 50,000IU of D3 Monday thru Friday. I have been on D2 50,000IU 3 times a week for several months and my level has gone from 14 ng/ml down to 10 ng/ml. Due to a rare cancer, I had a large section of distal ileum and ascending colon removed. This seems to be the consensus of why I'm not absorbing the pills. My endocrinologist decided it was time to try the Intramuscular injection but no pharmacy can be found that carries it and we even called the manufacturer who states they no longer make it. Do you know where I could obtain the injectable vitamin D? I'm desperate due to the many symptoms from the low level.

Asked by  Starfish0217 on December 12, 2014


  • Jeff Nicklas
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     Jeff Nicklas on

    Starfish,

    As far as we know, vitamin D in injection form is no longer available in the United States.

    IAW made some good suggestions regarding alternatives. We would suggest that sun exposure be the first way you try to get the vitamin D you need.

    If you are to try a sunbed, it is important to treat it like sun exposure in that you want to seek out a low-pressure, traditional bed and only expose yourself for about 15-20 minutes.

    Finally, sublingual vitamin D sprays are a good option for those with digestive problems. Vitamin D sprays are absorbed through the cheeks directly into the bloodstream. This bypasses the digestive system and still allows for vitamin D absorption.

    Since you do have a very specific condition, it is important that you continue to work with your doctor to find the most effective method.

    Answered by  Jeff Nicklas on
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  • IAW
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     IAW on

    I do not know if any of the following suggestions will help. I cannot comment on the injectable Vitamin D.

    You could use a sunbed or sunlight. (see Mercola or Sperti)

    Dr Cannel once said the following “If you are one of those people whose vitamin D levels will not go above 40 ng/ml, even on 10,000 units per day, and you won’t use sunlight or sunbeds, just keep increasing the dose up to 20,000 IU per day. If that does not work, buy some coconut oil on the internet and add the contents of two 5,000 IU capsules of vitamin D to a tablespoon of coconut oil. Mix it well and then rub it into your skin every day, and see if that raises your vitamin D level.”
    Another member once made this comment “I normally recommend drops as they are the cheapest by a mile here in Ireland. I religiously check the blood levels after two months. About 20% of my clients have a poor response to the drops. When this happens I switch them to a sublingual spray which very quickly gets their levels up. It is a pity they did not test this dosage form.John Doran. Pharmacist, Naturopath, Herbalist.”
    I also recommend you read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/ It is very important!

    Answered by  IAW on

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