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 562 166
Multiple Sclerosis 284 96
Vitamin D deficiency 219 65
General health 178 53
Fibromyalgia 42 15
Support immune health 31 11

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  • 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 403

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

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Dosage Patients
5,000 intl units daily 67
2,000 intl units daily 53
1,000 intl units daily 34
5,000 unt daily 33
2,000 unt daily 30
50,000 unt weekly 17
1,000 unt daily 16
10,000 intl units daily 15
4,000 intl units daily 14
3,000 intl units daily 9

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Why patients stopped taking Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

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Reason Patients
Other 45
Course of treatment ended 27
Doctor's advice 18
Did not seem to work 13
Side effects too severe 9
Personal research 8
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 121 patients who’ve stopped taking Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Duration

Currently taking Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 37
1 - 2 years 59
2 - 5 years 159
5 - 10 years 149
10 years or more 22

Stopped taking Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 12
1 - 6 months 41
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 24
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 316
Usually 82
Sometimes 22
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 40
Not at all hard to take 371
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 14
< $25 213
Not specified 196
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52 patient evaluations for Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

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MicheleBall
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MicheleBall
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Mild
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: mild
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See MicheleBall's full Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) history

Mar 19, 2017 (Started Jan 12, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 units Daily
Advice & Tips: I have something to my Vitamins daily in the AM!!

  • 0 helpful marks
KipWong
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KipWong
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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Feb 28, 2017 (Started Sep 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Vitamin D Deficiency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2,000 unt Daily
Advice & Tips: For strong bones and overall health
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 23, 2016 (Started Sep 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Vitamin D Deficiency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2,000 unt Daily
Advice & Tips: For strong bones and overall health
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
MSMomx4
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MSMomx4
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See MSMomx4's full Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) history

Feb 15, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Vitamin D Deficiency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 intl units Daily
Advice & Tips: No changes

  • 0 helpful marks
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