Anne, my bottle doesn't indicate D2 or D3. Mine does say "ergocalciferol CAP PL" on it so I presume this means it's the most generic one available. It might be a difference in the pharmacy and how they label. Good luck, LadyCity!!
Whether you get enough Vit D in your diet or not, we live too far north of the equator to get enough benefit of Vit D from the sunshine. Last winter I took 5,000 units a day and really felt SO much better! I was tested again and my levels were optimum, so during the summer I stopped taking it, but then resumed this fall. I would recommend getting a good quality brand of vitamin if you end up taking OTCs. Good luck with it - I think you'll find it very helpful!!!
I think some people don't absorb the vitamin D from foods or the sun. My doctor tested me and I was low, too and have been taking large-dose capsules once a week. It seems that doctors have become more aware of the many people who are low in vitamin D and are now doing more testing. I, too, drink milk and eat other food with vitamin D, plus go outside everyday.
--Anne from Idaho BLC 17 - 26 Powerful Prism Panthers team.
Alas, I think many, many people lack Vit. D these days. My doctor said it is becoming an epidemic. My entire family takes one 50K U pill a month. We are also to get some direct sunlight as often as possible - with sunscreen, of course. Yes, we do dairy and eat green veggies but it seems we can't keep the required amounts in our systems for long. Idaho, Washington State, Oregon, northern Utah, some parts of Colorado, and western Montana seem to be the places with Vit. D. retention problems. I think you'll feel a change - may not be right away - but you will see a change. Your doctor is on target by prescribing the 50K U pill. You could take 2 1000 mg over the counter a day but it works out to about 30K U and some OTCs can cause stomach upset. Some prescription plans or supplemental insurance plans will not cover the 50K U because it is an OTC. We go to Shopko and it runs $12.99 for 4 pills. That's 4 months. We started off with one a week. I hope this helps a bit. You are definitely now alone.
I got my results back from the doctor today and it's not hypothyroidism like we might have thought......it was actually low vitamin D. So that being said he is calling a prescription in for me today for 50 thousand units of it and supposed to see him in 3 months to be retested and see if I'm any better.
What would cause low vitamin D? I drink plenty of milk and milk containing products.........just wondering.
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