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 528 154
Multiple Sclerosis 275 92
Vitamin D deficiency 214 63
General health 179 53
Fibromyalgia 42 15
Support immune health 31 11

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  • 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 385

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 63
2,000 intl units daily 52
1,000 intl units daily 36
5,000 unt daily 25
2,000 unt daily 20
10,000 intl units daily 16
1,000 unt daily 15
4,000 intl units daily 12
50,000 unt weekly 11
800 intl units daily 8

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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
Side effects too severe 9
Personal research 7
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 33
1 - 2 years 51
2 - 5 years 139
5 - 10 years 143
10 years or more 22

Stopped taking Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 13
1 - 6 months 41
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 24
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 302
Usually 79
Sometimes 21
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 40
Not at all hard to take 354
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 13
< $25 204
Not specified 188
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49 patient evaluations for Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

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poppysmom
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poppysmom
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 60
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: vg
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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Jan 16, 2017 (Started Feb 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Vitamin D Deficiency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5000 intl units Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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

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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: 2 stars
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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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
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