Information about Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 Uses

Vitamin D3 is used in the treatment of Vitamin D deficiency and Osteoporosis.

How Vitamin D3 works

Vitamin D3 is a form of vitamin D. It raises vitamin D levels in your blood. This in turn raises calcium levels in your blood by helping you absorb more calcium from food.

Common side effects of Vitamin D3

No common side effects seen
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Expert advice for Vitamin D3

  • Your doctor has prescribed Vitamin D3 for the treatment of vitaminD3 deficiency.
  • Take it as per dose and duration suggested by your doctor.
  • It should be taken with food for faster absorption of medicine.
  • Some healthy tips for vitamin D deficiency:
    • Get enough sun exposure 10-30 minutes thrice a week.
    • Light-skinned: 20-30 minutes of sun exposure.
    • Dark-skinned: 30-40 minutes of sun exposure. 
    • Eat vitamin D rich diet like egg yolk, mushrooms, cheese, milk, butter, fortified food and oily fish.
  • It might affect your sleep pattern when taken at night time. To avoid this better to take it at day time.
  • Do not take antacids or any other medication 2 hours before or after taking Vitamin D3.
  • Inform your doctor if you notice nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, constipation, weakness and weight loss while taking this medicine.
     

Frequently asked questions for Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3

Q. Is it better to take Vitamin D3 at night or in the morning?

You can take Vitamin D3 at any time of the day, morning, or night. However, there is limited information available about the best time to take Vitamin D3. Take it exactly as advised by your doctor.

Q. What are the benefits of taking Vitamin D3?

Vitamin D3 is important for maintaining bone health, support the health of the immune system, brain, and nervous system. It also regulates insulin levels and is also important for a healthy heart and blood vessels.

Q. How should Vitamin D3 be taken?

Vitamin D3 should be swallowed whole with water and should not be crushed or chewed. It is advised to take it with the main meal of the day to increase its absorption.

Q. Who should not take Vitamin D3?

Vitamin D3 should not be taken by patients who are allergic to cholecalciferol, patients with increased levels of calcium in the blood or if there is presence of calcium in the urine. Its use should be avoided by patients who have kidney stones or have severe kidney problems.

Q. What happens if I take too much Vitamin D3?

Taking too much Vitamin D3 for a long period of time may increase the levels of calcium in the blood (hypercalcemia). This may cause weakness, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, sluggishness, kidney stones, increased blood pressure, and growth retardation in children.

Q. How much vitamin D should I take daily?

The daily requirement of vitamin D is 4000 IU/day. Since your diet may not be meeting the daily requirement of vitamin D, therefore you may need 1000 - 3000 IU/day of supplements of vitamin D. Vitamin D3 is a form of vitamin D which is used as a supplement in patients with vitamin D deficiency.

Q. What happens if vitamin D is low?

Low levels of vitamin D may cause rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Vitamin D deficiency may also increase the risk of diabetes mellitus 1, high blood pressure, depression, some cancers, and osteoporosis.

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