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Osteoporosis

Is 50,000 Units too Much Vitamin D for Daily Intake?

02/28/2007

Question:

50,000 units a day was prescribed for my mother who has severe osteoporosis. Her calcuim level in her blood was 2. Is 50,000 units too much vitamin D?

Answer:

50,000 IU of vitamin D per week for 8 weeks is a common prescription for low vitamin D levels.  Calcium is usually prescribed in the range of 1000 to 1200 mg per day in divided doses of approximately 500 mg at a time.

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Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati