What is Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)?

Category: Supplements

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Vitamin D3 is the form of vitamin D called cholecalciferol. Cholecalciferol is the most widely known of the vitamin D series and is a fat soluble vitamin that is stored to some degree in the body. It is used as a dietary supplement, for the treatment of vitamin D deficiency, or to prevent a deficiency.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Vitamin D Deficiency 519 145
Multiple Sclerosis 270 91
Vitamin D deficiency 212 62
General health 177 53
Fibromyalgia 42 15
Support immune health 31 11

Show all 127 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 8
Moderate 6
Mild 7
None 373

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 2
Dizziness 2
Fatigue 2
Nausea 2
Abdominal pain 1
Bloating 1

Show all 19 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Dosage Patients
5,000 intl units daily 61
2,000 intl units daily 52
1,000 intl units daily 39
1,000 unt daily 16
2,000 unt daily 16
5,000 unt daily 14
10,000 intl units daily 14
4,000 intl units daily 13
800 intl units daily 9
3,000 intl units daily 9

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Why patients stopped taking Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 45
Course of treatment ended 27
Doctor's advice 18
Did not seem to work 14
Personal research 9
Side effects too severe 9
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 122 patients who’ve stopped taking Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Duration

Currently taking Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 32
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 135
5 - 10 years 136
10 years or more 22

Stopped taking Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 13
1 - 6 months 40
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 25
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 293
Usually 77
Sometimes 20
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 37
Not at all hard to take 345
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 12
< $25 199
Not specified 182
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48 patient evaluations for Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

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msims1963
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msims1963
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See msims1963's full Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) history

Oct 5, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4,000 unt Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
suzzie
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suzzie
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See suzzie's full Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) history

Sep 26, 2016 (Started Oct 05, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 intl units Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
Lukasz
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Lukasz
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See Lukasz's full Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) history

Jan 17, 2016 (Started Oct 10, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Vitamin D Deficiency)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Hypercalcemia (elevated calcium))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mcg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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