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Suggest treatment for vitamin D deficiency

I have been diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency - my level is 8. My dr. prescribed 50000 units of Drisdol capsule taken once a week. My ? is that I previously had a level of 4 and was suggested by my gynocologist to take Vit. D drops. I had severe digestive issues with the drops. Sick in bed for a week, And developed ringing in my ears that was very disruptive to work. Then it was suggested to try the otc tablets and again I suffered severe stomach and intestinal distress. I tried to get much sun this past summer and believe that is why it went up some. My endrocrinlogist assures me that the Drisdol will not give me any side effects as the drops and tablets did, but I am still not ready to try it. I don't want to fill prescription if I will get sick and not take it. What is your advice? Thank You!
Thu, 29 Jan 2015
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Geriatrics Specialist 's  Response
Hi,
Thanks for asking.
Based on your query, my opinion is as follows.
1. Vit D deficiency is serious condition. Levels of 8 and 4 can lead onto severe calcium deficiency, increasing risk of fractures and elctrophysiological abnormalities.
2. Difficult to predict, that the side effect will be less. Trial is always necessary. You can try it at a lower dose.
3. Vit D supplements also can be improved through diet and sun exposure. Diet should include cod liver oil, salmon, yoghurt, egg, liver, beef, swiss cheese, etc.
4. My advise, would be for you to give it a try. Also take pantoprazole or antacids for gastritis. Along with food, side effects should be fewer.
Hope it helps.
Any further queries, happy to help again.
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