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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Arthritis and Rheumatism
Is 50,000 Units of Vitamin D Per Week Excessive for a Rheumatism Patient?
Does 50,000 units of Vitamin D per week seem exessive for someone with Rheumatism? This was recommended.
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.
Raymond Hong, MD, MBA, FACR
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University