What is Vitamin D?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Vitamin D Prescription NatureMade Vitamin D CVS Vitamin D Show all

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See also: Migrasol

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that was isolated in 1930 and named calciferol. Since then more metabolites have been found and the two major forms of this vitamin are now known to be vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Vitamin D deficiency 1,479 387
General health 844 196
Multiple Sclerosis 671 138
Fibromyalgia 131 33
Fatigue 129 36
Osteopenia 122 39

Show all 179 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 13
Moderate 14
Mild 34
None 730

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Vitamin D

Side effect Patients
Nausea 5
Abdominal bloating 4
Headaches 4
Dizziness 3
Upset stomach 3
Depressed mood 2

Show all 42 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Vitamin D

Dosage Patients
5,000 intl units daily 76
2,000 intl units daily 70
1,000 intl units daily 59
4,000 intl units daily 25
50,000 intl units weekly 25
1,000 mg daily 23
400 units daily 21
400 intl units daily 18
5,000 mg daily 18
10,000 intl units daily 16

See all 188 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Vitamin D

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 103
Course of treatment ended 88
Doctor's advice 55
Did not seem to work 38
Expense 27
Personal research 18
Side effects too severe 12
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 305 patients who’ve stopped taking Vitamin D

Duration

Currently taking Vitamin D

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 26
6 months - 1 year 42
1 - 2 years 76
2 - 5 years 185
5 - 10 years 328
10 years or more 48

Stopped taking Vitamin D

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 99
6 months - 1 year 60
1 - 2 years 58
2 - 5 years 53
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 553
Usually 171
Sometimes 41
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 28
A little hard to take 82
Not at all hard to take 675
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 19
< $25 414
Not specified 355
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97 patient evaluations for Vitamin D

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gagafor2
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gagafor2
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 64
PF Severity:
I am: g
I have:
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Jan 28, 2017 (Started Nov 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5000 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
margie99
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margie99
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Jan 17, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5000 mcg Weekly

Oct 10, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5000 mcg Weekly

  • 0 helpful marks
thecyclist
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thecyclist
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 53
Condition: MASS Phenotype 2 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: vg
I have:
MASS Phenotype

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Dec 8, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 intl units Daily

Nov 12, 2014 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 intl units Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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