50000 IU Vitamin D
50,000 IU of vitamin D is used in patients who suffer from severe vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency can be mild or severe. Mild deficiency usually shows no symptoms in the beginning. If diagnosed early, mild deficiency can be prevented from getting worse, and it usually requires smaller doses – from 2000 to 4000 International Units or higher – depending on the particular case.
It is not easy to diagnose vitamin D deficiency, because there are no any symptoms in the beginning. The problems usually arise once vitamin D levels get too low. This is called “severe deficiency” and it has to be treated with larger doses of vitamin D supplements. The dosage can be as high as 50,000 International Units per week or 50,000 International Units twice a month.
The most common symptoms of vitamin D deficiency usually include:
● Low energy levels
● Bone pain
● Chronic fatigue
● Osteomalacia in adults
● Bone fractures
● Rickets in children
● Muscle weakness
● Muscle pain
● Inability to lose weight
Most of the symptoms are non-specific and this may lead to wrong diagnosis. Some people just ignore the symptoms, because they think these problems are caused by something else.
Vitamin D supplements can be used (and should be used) even if your vitamin D level is normal. Prevention is always better than cure. Taking supplements will help you keep your vitamin D level normal and avoid deficiency.
Vitamin D can only be produced in the skin during the direct sun exposure. This means you will certainly need to use supplements during the fall and winter months. 400 International Units is recommended (for people whose vitamin D levels are normal), although some doctors recommend larger doses (up to 1000 IU daily). You should not take any supplements without talking to your doctor.
50,000 International Units of Vitamin D
This dosage is used in patients with severe deficiency. It does look extremely large, but it is necessary to treat extreme cases of deficiency.
Some patients have had problems during their therapy with vitamin D supplements. Long-term use of large doses can cause certain side effects, including:
● Upset stomach
● Bone pains
● Kidney problems
● Heart rate irregularities
Patients who suffer from mild deficiency are given smaller doses, and treatment usually lasts for a couple of months. Severely deficient individuals are always prescribed large doses. Some patients react very well and their vitamin D levels improve in a couple of months. After that, their dosage is reduced and they usually go without any side effects.
Long-term use of 50,000 International Units per week (or once in two weeks) can cause side effects, similar to vitamin D deficiency symptoms. However, these problems will disappear once the patient’s vitamin D level improves.
Vitamin D toxicity is rare, and it happens when large doses are administered without a doctor’s supervision. Even patients who are given large doses can’t overdose with vitamin D, because they are severely deficient. If you are prescribed large doses of vitamin D supplements, and you have any of the problems we mentioned here, talk to your doctor about this.