help converting i.u./mg/mcg

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HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 8/20/2008 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
First let me say I love my GP!  He takes better care of me than any other doc.  He chastised me for not coming in more often especially since my borthers heart attack (he checked and my heart is in the right place :-)   and all circulation looks good for me!)
He re-did my blood work because I didn't like the mixed messages I was getting from my GI.  He confirmed that B12 is still needed every 3 weeks based on my symptoms and tests.  He confirmed that I needed to double my iron intake (can you say sore tushy!)
 
New is the Vitamin D deficiency.  I was taking D in combination with the calcium.  Now he wants me to up it to 1000mg a day for 4 weeks then retest.  I have a bottle that notes it is 400i.u. (10 mcg).
 
I am in the States and was never good at metric conversion confused    How many do I need to make up 1000mg?  Anyone with an answer or a website wins!
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....


Julie1014
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   Posted 8/20/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Your best bet would be to call your pharmacist. They will be able to give you an answer.
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New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
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Nanners
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   Posted 8/20/2008 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Habs have tried to google "convert i.u. to mg."? I have done that when I wanted to know how far kilometers were compared to miles. Just a thought!

P.S. Glad to hear your heart is still in the right place, that would have been a problem if it moved:)LOL
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 8/20/2008 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys...I called the pharmacy after finding a metric conversion tool online. 1million mcg = 1mg so I would need like 100,000 of these to be 1000mg

pharmacist said doc must have meant 1000 iu. That is 2 of the tablets I have today, then 3 tomorrow. That works better than 100,000 a day!!!!
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....


Keeper
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   Posted 8/20/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad your pharmacist cleared that up. If you were to take that much vitamin D, it would do you serious harm. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_D under "Overdose"

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 8/20/2008 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
plus I think your doc needs to get you the green vit d gels. They prescription but it is the only way you can garentee that you are getting the right amount
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