Hi there, hope all is fine. High dosages of Vitamin D might be a great solution - in fact, high dosage of vitamin D can, as discussed here, deplete your calcium requirments, as well, it will cause liver damage.
My neurologist advised that I should take no more than 2000 units per day, which is a safe limit that will not interfere with liver functions. I have read quite abit about this, and every thing that I read advised me that 2000 units is ample, and again, will not interfere with liver functions, and/or cause damage to this organ. Anyone that I do know, MS or not, that are taking Vitamin D suppliments, are taking no more than 2000 units per day. I even went as far as talking to my pharmasist, who also agreed one should not exceed 2000 per day.
Alternate to taking an abundance of Vitamin D for SAD, there are light therapies that are available that will do the trick just as efficiently - with out the danger of causing liver damage.
Just my two cents worth
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My calcium+D supplement is D: 125IUs/calcium: 500mgs, twice a day. I've been on that for about 10 years. Now, plus the 50,000 D3 My MD prescribed for once every two weeks. I am seeing my neurologist next week and hope to pepper her with ?????????????s and, I hope, get some answers.
P.S. Any more knowledge you can share would be great!
Hi there and good morning - we must travel in different circles then, as the web sites that I visit suggest otherwise.. But I am not just relying on web site for this information, my neurologist, to my family doctor, to my pharmasist all advised that the recommened dosage for Vitamin D is 2000 units per day. Read the labels on all of the med bottles, and it will also suggest the same....The Cancer Society of Canada identifies the health risks involved if too much vitamin D is taken, and they even go as far as suggesing that daily limits should be restricted to 1000 units.
Now having said this, if you are running severely low on vitamin D in your system it is not uncommon to take very high dosages of this drug to get your levels up to where they should be, but it must be monitored often to determine when you have been "topped up" and once you reach this goal, the medication should then be reduced back down to between 400 - 1000 units per day.....for maintenance purposes.
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HI there, from the Canadian MS Society.....this is only a portion of the arcticle, as it is rather long, but what I wanted to point out was the effects of high dosages of vitamin D..
Study Reports Possible Link Between Vitamin D and Reduced MS RiskMedical Update MemoJanuary 16, 2004
“If people with MS are considering trying Vitamin D as a supplement, they should be aware that high doses of Vitamin D can be toxic, and they have been linked to heart problems and kidney failure,” he added. The publication Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties recommends a daily dosage of Vitamin D at 400 to 800 IU for adults. Those who believe in additional supplementation suggest that 1,000 to 4,000 IU daily can be taken without harmful side effects. People considering taking Vitamin D supplements should discuss it withtheir physicians.
[Adapted from Research/Clinical Update, National Multiple Sclerosis Society (USA)]
Have a nice day,
Hi there and good morning - I agree that a good discussion is always healthy, and that hearing a variety of ideas is a good thing. Having said this, one needs to be careful when suggesting dosage limits, expecially when there are health risks involved. That is the only reason why I put it out there that taking too much Vitamin D does have its health risks.
And although Denjski could be correct, I do find it difficult to beleive that both the National MS Society and the Canadian MS Society are both five years behind on recent research - that to me does not make much sense.
I'm sticking to the 2000 unit per day like you Gretch - just like my neurologist ordered.
Have a nice day.
I grew up about 3 miles from the beach. I was in a typical suburban neighborhood. I rode my bicycle everywhere, including to high school. My mom was an RN and made sure we ate well. I am not real sure about the air quality but I am thinking it was pretty good. I was not near any sort of industrial area.
It is a mystery.