Are there any side effects of taking 50,000 IU a week for low vitamin D levels

Side Effects of Vitamin D?

Side Effects of Vitamin D?

I was just recently diagnosed with goiters in the neck but the endocrinologist felt the goiters were fine and just need to be watched. My thyroid levels were fine but my vitamin D level was very deficient.


I am on 50,000 IU a week for 8 weeks as a start to getting my levels up to normal. Are there any side effects I should look for?


I have also had Ulcerative Colitis for 26 years, which has been very controlled, could that have been a reason I became deficient in Vitamin D.


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Mar 13, 2011
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Read my pages on..
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Lucy,

Please read my pages on Vitamin D Therapy and follow the instructions.

Also, many side effects of vitamin d are due to magnesium deficiency and some of your symptoms are classic for that. Please read my page on Magnesium and Vitamin D.

And EVERYONE has problems with carriers and oils if those oils are rancid- and there is no way for you to know whether those oils are rancid or not because they are in a pill. Therefore, I always recommend ONLY taking pills that don't contain any oil.



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Mar 13, 2011
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Vitamin D toxicity
by: Lucy

I was wondering how long someone should take Vitamin D 50,000 IU. I had breast cancer and started taking Arimidex and a weekly dose of Vitamin D about the same time. I have been on both for about a year. For about 4 months i have been experiencing muscle weakness in both arms and when picking something up can't even lift above my waist level, even small things.

I have no energy and my bones and joints ache almost every day. I have also been feeling dizzy when I stand up, don't have an appetite, and have been constipated. I attributed most of these symptoms to the Arimidex but when I asked my Oncologist to refill my Vitamin D since I am between PCPs and she refused saying she only puts her patients on Vitamin D for 8 weeks I started researching and now wonder if it is the Arimidex or the Vitamin D making me feel this way.

I don't think I have had my levels checked since I have been on Vitamin D and I don't have any problems with any carrier oils (I am a soap/lotion maker). Could this be the Vitamin D and what is the normal length of time one should take it?

Jun 18, 2010
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Metallic Taste and Rancid Oils..
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Tina,

You probably got a 'bad' supplement with rancid oils in it. That would explain the metallic taste most likely.

You should get a brand that is either made with no oils at all (dry) or that is made with coconut oil- also called 'MCT' or Medium Chain Triglycerides on the bottle. Coconut oil doesn't go rancid, so it's safe to use.

I do carry a Dry Vitamin D Supplement for that reason.


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Jun 18, 2010
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metalic taste
by: tina

I was prescribed vitamin d for deficiency of 22, I read your blog and decided to use the over the counter product so I purchased vitamin d 2000 iu to start.

I took my first dose and within the first 30 minutes got a metallic taste in my mouth that has now lasted about 8 hours and counting.

I am unsure if this is an allergic reaction and am afraid to take anymore although it is the only symptom I have.

Oct 26, 2009
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It may be the PRESCRIPTION vitamin d..
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hmmm. That is interesting that you are having such a violent reaction to your Vitamin D and you should definitely tell your doctor.

BUT, your doctor might have caused it in the first place by giving you PRESCRIPTION Vitamin D. Take a look at my page on Why You Might Want to Think Twice about Taking Prescription Vitamin D.

And you are right, you might not be metabolizing the PRESCRIPTION vitamin d correctly, as I outline in the page above.


But you ABSOLUTELY NEED vitamin D. You may feel healthy, but with a vitamin d level of 21, you are putting yourself at excess risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. If you go on breast cancer and colon cancer internet boards, I am going to bet that most people felt well before they go these diseases as well.

If you look at what researchers are saying, they claim that sufficient vitamin d levels reduce breast and colon cancer risk up to 75%.


So, don't let your doctor's mistake of giving you prescription vitamin d lead you to believe that you are better off being deficient.



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Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Health Queen
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Oct 25, 2009
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my side effects of taking 50,000 iu 3x a week
by: Anonymous

I was on my fifth caplet (of my 3x a wk for 4 wk therapy) when I noticed a metalic taste in my mouth, then with my six caplet I was getting dizzy spells feeling really off balance.

I have stopped taking my prescription till I talk with my doctor. FYI so I think my body is not metabolizing vitamin d for some reason.

I felt great and healthy before my labs reported my vitamin d level at 21.


Apr 15, 2009
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Low Vitamin D Levels
by: christine

Thank you for posting this.




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I just took my first supplement yesterday. I have been only taking 1000iu since they told me I was low and have been having awful symptoms.

My doctors are currently checking for MS and lupus. The rheumatologist told me I was extremely low- 18 ng/ml I think and I should take 1.25 mg twice a week for 4 weeks.

I got the prescription and was afraid to take it thinking I would overdose on it. Now I see from this posting it is highly unlikely and that I may even have to go beyond this after I am rechecked.

I have been feeling awful and hope this will resolve some of my issues.

Can't wait for this to kick in.

Sincerely,
Christine

Apr 14, 2009
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Vitamin D and Ulcerative Colitis
by: Kerri Knox- The Immune Queen

Ulcerative Colitis could have been a contributing factor towards you getting Vitamin D Deficiency. Any problem with absorption in the digestive tract can contribute to Vitamin Deficiencies.

However, more likely- and STILL the cause of your Vitamin D Deficiency- is that you are just not getting enough! I know that sounds very simplistic, but it's true. Most people believe that they 'shouldn't be' Vitamin D Deficient because "They" tell us that we need the tiniest amount and that we can meet our needs if we eat a 'balanced diet'.


Well "They" are wrong.


Newer research shows that we should be getting AT LEAST 2000 IU's per day and not the 400-600 IU's per day that the government recommends.




That would require about 20 glasses of milk or 12 ounces of salmon per day! So unless you are getting lots of sunshine or eat herring snacks day and night, then you simply aren't doing anything to PREVENT Vitamin
D deficiency. And the ONE side effect that you should watch out for with 50,000 IU's per week of Vitamin D- is an improved mood! Really, Vitamin D 50,000 IU is perfectly safe in treating Vitamin D Deficiency. In fact, it may not be HIGH ENOUGH to get you to the recommended Optimal Vitamin D level of 50-80 ng/ml. So, be sure to Get Your Vitamin D Level Checked again 3 to 4 months after starting your Vitamin D supplementation program to ensure that you are within the optimal range.



Kerri Knox, RN
Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Easy Immune Health.com

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