In this Article
- What other names is Vitamin D known by?
- What is Vitamin D?
- How does Vitamin D work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Vitamin D.
When taking vitamin D for long periods of time, doses higher than 50 mcg (2000 units) per day might not be safe and may cause excessively high levels of calcium in the blood. However, much higher doses are often needed for the short-term treatment of vitamin D deficiency.
Don't take vitamin D without talking to your healthcare professional if you have:
- Kidney disease.
- High levels of calcium in the blood.
- Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).
- A condition called sarcoidosis.
- A condition called histoplasmosis.
- An overactive parathyroid gland (hyperparathyroidism).
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