What is Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Spring Valley Vitamin D3 Nature's Way Vitamin D3 Kirkland Signature Vitamin D3 Show all

false

See also: Calcet Petites Dual Calcium + Vitamin D3 Crampex Healtheries Fish Oil 1500 and Vitamin D3 Mebolic Nature Made Triple Flex with D3

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 631 202
Multiple sclerosis 300 102
General health 187 59
Fibromyalgia 45 15
Support immune health 32 10

Show all 129 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 7
Mild 7
None 465

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

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 2
Dizziness 2
Fatigue 2
Itchy skin 2
Nausea 2
Abdominal bloating 1

Show all 17 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Dosage Patients
5,000 unt daily 65
5,000 intl units daily 50
2,000 intl units daily 47
2,000 unt daily 42
1,000 unt daily 38
1,000 intl units daily 35
10,000 intl units daily 20
4,000 intl units daily 18
50,000 unt weekly 16
3,000 intl units daily 10

See all 115 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 46
Course of treatment ended 26
Doctor's advice 19
Did not seem to work 16
Side effects too severe 11
Personal research 9
Expense 6
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 126 patients who've stopped taking Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Duration

Currently taking Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 54
2 - 5 years 163
5 - 10 years 229
10 years or more 68

Stopped taking Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 12
1 - 6 months 41
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 371
Usually 90
Sometimes 23
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 14
A little hard to take 47
Not at all hard to take 425
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 15
< $25 246
Not specified 226
Last updated:

54 patient evaluations for Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

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

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

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
Last updated:
Showing 3 of 54 patient evaluations for Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)