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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Is 50,000 Units of Vitamin D Per Week Excessive for a Rheumatism Patient?

11/19/2008

Question:

Does 50,000 units of Vitamin D per week seem exessive for someone with Rheumatism? This was recommended.

Answer:

Irrespective of an underlying diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vitamin D replacement at 50,000 international units (IU) once weekly is not an uncommon dosing regimen in the setting of Vitamin D insufficiency or Vitamin D deficiency. If the body's Vitamin D stores are low, relatively short-term (several months), high-dose Vitamin D supplementation is often prescribed. Once Vitamin D stores are replenished, then the Vitamin D level should be maintained with doses of 400 IU to 1,000 IU per day.

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Response by:

Raymond  Hong, MD, MBA, FACR Raymond Hong, MD, MBA, FACR
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University