What is Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol)?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Pliva Vitamin D Raquiferol

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Vitamin D2 is known as ergocalciferol, a form of Vitamin D. It is created from viosterol, which in turn is created when ultraviolet light activates ergosterol. Ergocalciferol is a fat-soluble vitamin that regulates calcium and phosphorus metabolism.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Vitamin D Deficiency 110 38
Vitamin D deficiency 25 14
Fatigue 17 10
General health 5 1
Multiple Sclerosis 4 2
Fibromyalgia 3 1

Show all 26 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 1
Moderate 1
Mild 3
None 51

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol)

Side effect Patients
Allergies 1
Hypothyroidism 1
Irritability 1
Nausea 1
Tingling 1
Upset stomach 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol)

Dosage Patients
50,000 intl units weekly 18
50,000 unt weekly 11
2,000 unt daily 2
2 x 50,000 unt weekly 2
3 x 50,000 intl units weekly 2
1.25 mcg weekly 1
10 mcg daily 1
50,000 intl units monthly 1
50,000 unt monthly 1
50,000 intl units every other week 1

See all 15 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 24
Doctor's advice 6
Other 6
Personal research 2
Side effects too severe 1
See all 37 patients who’ve stopped taking Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol)

Duration

Currently taking Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 51
Usually 3
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 47
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 28
Not specified 24
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5 patient evaluations for Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol)

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Les1952
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Les1952
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: mild
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See Les1952's full Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) history

Sep 16, 2016 (Started Aug 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Vitamin D Deficiency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2,000 unt Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 27, 2016 (Started Aug 15, 2016)

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

Aug 1, 2016 (Started Aug 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Vitamin D Deficiency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50,000 unt M,W,F
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
chrissysaurus
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chrissysaurus
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 31y
  • Duration: 13 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
0 seizures
64 weeks ago
I am: n
I have:
Epilepsy

See chrissysaurus's full Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) history

Dec 15, 2014 (Started Oct 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Vitamin D Deficiency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50,000 intl units M,W,F
Advice & Tips: N/a

  • 0 helpful marks
Milusita
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Milusita
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: Little
function: Some
external_stress: Some
Stickman: some
Description:F31y
FM:9y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Apr 23, 2014 (Started Nov 04, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ehlers danlos prenvent decalcification)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Chronic fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mL Weekly

  • 0 helpful marks
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