Vitamin-D deficient? How to Treat

medlabz - 22 Mar 2017
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Vitamin-D deficient? How to Treat

The only way to know for sure if you’re vitamin D deficient is via blood testing. Before we dive into few treatments required for Vitamin-D deficiency, If you don’t know whether you are deficient, get accurate Vitamin Tests at the comfort of your home from or call on +91 7879-800-800 to get more information on the checkup at your location.

Read more about signs indicating Vitamin-D deficiency: 6 Signs You May Be Vitamin D Deficient

The treatment is to take vitamin D supplements. This is a form of vitamin D called ergocalciferol or calciferol. Vitamin D can be given as an injection or as a medicine (liquid or tablets). Your doctor will discuss the dose, and best treatment schedule, depending on your situation, age, severity of the deficiency, etc. Briefly, one of the following may be advised.


A single small injection of vitamin D will last for about six months. This is a very effective and convenient treatment. It is useful for people who do not like taking medicines by mouth, or who are likely to forget to take their tablets.

High-dose tablets or liquids

There are different strengths available and a dose may be taken either daily, weekly or monthly. This will depend on your situation and on which particular treatment guideline your doctor is using. Always check with your doctor that you understand the instructions – with high doses of vitamin D it is important to take the medicine correctly. The advantage of the higher-dose treatment is that the deficiency improves quickly – important in growing children.

Standard-dose tablets, powders or liquids

These are taken every day for about 12 months so that the body can catch up on the missing vitamin D. This is a rather slow method of replacing vitamin D, but is suitable if the deficiency is mild, or for prevention.

Maintenance therapy after deficiency has been treated

Once vitamin D deficiency has been treated, the body’s stores of vitamin D have been replenished. After this, maintenance treatment is often needed long-term, to prevent further deficiency in the future. This is because it is unlikely that any risk factor for vitamin D deficiency in the first place will have completely resolved. The dose needed for maintenance may be lower than that needed to treat the deficiency.

Read more about Vitamin-D Rich Diet: Top 10 Vitamin D-Rich Foods

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