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Can someone get sick from Vitamin D supplements?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 18, 2008
  • 01:05 AM

I'm actually writing this for my reclusive artist husband who works in his studio for 16 hours a day every day and VERY RARELY ventures outside (even though we are surrounded by one of the most beautiful gardens ever). I have been giving him Vit. D supplements, but have just heard that it is NOT good for you to do that! A couple of months ago, I was reading that if you don't get enough sunlight, you SHOULD take Vitamin D.

Can this be harmful to him? Also, how much sunlight should someone get so they don't have to take Vitamin D??

Thank you!

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  • I'm actually writing this for my reclusive artist husband who works in his studio for 16 hours a day every day and VERY RARELY ventures outside (even though we are surrounded by one of the most beautiful gardens ever). I have been giving him Vit. D supplements, but have just heard that it is NOT good for you to do that! A couple of months ago, I was reading that if you don't get enough sunlight, you SHOULD take Vitamin D.Can this be harmful to him? Also, how much sunlight should someone get so they don't have to take Vitamin D??Thank you!lawlz it all depends on how much and how many pills he's taking.if he takes too many he could end up with some sort of problems.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • No for as long as you follow the prescription from your doctor. We must remember that without vitamin D, our body utilizes the calcium stored in our bones and this spells bad news for our health. So, continue giving your husband vitamin D supplements online but be sure you don't overdo it.
    Aidan Weisz 1 Replies
    • September 11, 2009
    • 05:49 AM
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  • I'm actually writing this for my reclusive artist husband who works in his studio for 16 hours a day every day and VERY RARELY ventures outside (even though we are surrounded by one of the most beautiful gardens ever). I have been giving him Vit. D supplements, but have just heard that it is NOT good for you to do that! A couple of months ago, I was reading that if you don't get enough sunlight, you SHOULD take Vitamin D. Can this be harmful to him? Also, how much sunlight should someone get so they don't have to take Vitamin D?? Thank you! I have just been diagnosed with Vit D defeciency by my allergy specialist and he prescribed 5,000mg of Vit D daily....then when the blood work came back he increased it to 10,000mg a day. I don't think that Vit D supplements would be harmful, but you may want to consult a physician and have the blood work done.
    beckamo2002 1 Replies
    • December 26, 2009
    • 05:12 PM
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  • Over 2,000 IU per day over an extended period of time may be mildly harmful. As in, less than ideal, not anything serious. That would take a lot more. Doctors will recommend up to 10,000 IU in people who are deficient until their storage levels increase. 400 IU (the RDA) is the minimum necessary to prevent deficiency disease, but studies are showing that more than this may be helpful. So you could try up to 2,000 IU per day without worry forever, and more than that if you're certain his storage is depleted. If you want the fastest results you can have a doctor test his blood levels and give him the most he feels comfortable giving him.
    shadowbob 5 Replies
    • January 19, 2010
    • 01:53 PM
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  • Over 2,000 IU per day over an extended period of time may be mildly harmful. As in, less than ideal, not anything serious. That would take a lot more. Doctors will recommend up to 10,000 IU in people who are deficient until their storage levels increase. 400 IU (the RDA) is the minimum necessary to prevent deficiency disease, but studies are showing that more than this may be helpful. So you could try up to 2,000 IU per day without worry forever, and more than that if you're certain his storage is depleted. If you want the fastest results you can have a doctor test his blood levels and give him the most he feels comfortable giving him. In what way can over 2000 IU be harmful?? I actually became even more deficient then i had been before, when i supplemented with 2000IU per day for several mths, it wasnt enough for my body. Doctors at hospital gave me a 50,000 IU dosage to take in one go.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies
    • September 2, 2010
    • 09:08 AM
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  • Although I was given a prescription for 50,000 units of vitamin D, I was reluctant to take it. I suffer from chronic hepatitis c and have a congenital heart defect. Anyway, the capsule was slipped to me in a beverage. Within fifteen minutes (when it hit my bloodstream), I suffered a grand mal seizure. I am now experiencing problems with my right leg, which I can only describe as a "locking" of the muscles. In addition, I have a persistent pain in my right upper back, which may or may not be associated with my heart condition. The moral of the story is: Question your doctor carefully before agreeing to take this dosage of vitamin D. Tell him/her of any conditions from which you may be suffering. As I said, this vitamin was "slipped" to me, and the results have been horrific.:(
    terrbebe 1 Replies
    • September 10, 2010
    • 09:09 AM
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  • terrbebe, you must have some other issue going on or your dosis of D contained something else. Vitamin D is the key hormone (is not a vitamin) that our Immune System uses to generate most of the enzymes. Our defense mechanism uses these enzymes to kill foreign organism.If you check cases of overdose of D3 first of all you'll have a hard time finding any, but when you do you'll find out that the dosis were astronomical. The case I found was of an adult that was taking vitamin d in powder form and what he thought to be 1,000 i.u. was actually 1,000,000 i.u.!! He took 3,000,000 i.u. daily for a week. After feeling really weird when to his doc and found out he was overdose on D.Another interesting research performed by German Doctors back in the 50s on D3 (they were researching rickets) was done with a group of infants. The Docs gave the infants 600,000 i.u. of D3 daily for 3 months! The babies never overdose.So it is true that one can overdose on D3, and the amount may be different for each person, but it is also true that you need some serious high dosis to overdose.Currently I take 10,000 iu daily during the winter. 20,000 iu when feeling small symptoms of sickness and 100,000 iu if I get sick, which is rear. I don't take D3 in the summer.Read more at: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/vitaminDToxicity.shtml
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 15, 2011
    • 06:15 PM
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