Taking vitamin D supplements
How do I take it?
Adults and children over 12 years can take one tablet (which contains 1,000 international units/ 25 micrograms) of vitamin D a day with food or drink. You can take it at any time of day.
Do not take more than the recommended amount of one tablet a day.
Do not take the tablets if you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed on the pack. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure you should store the supplements below 25 degrees.
Could it have side effects?
Vitamin D supplements are safe and have no known side effects when taken as recommended.
Can I take it if I am on medicines?
You can take vitamin D supplements with almost any medicines. If in doubt, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Is there a chance of taking too much?
You should take one tablet a day, which contains 1,000 international units (equivalent to 25 micrograms) of vitamin D.
Some people have medical conditions that mean they may not be able to take as much vitamin D safely. Talk to your doctor if in doubt.
If your doctor has recommended you take a different amount of vitamin D, you should follow their advice.
I already take vitamin D prescribed by my doctor. Should I take this too?
No. If your doctor has recommended you take a different amount of vitamin D, you should follow their advice.
Do I need to get my vitamin D levels checked?
No. Your doctor will only check your levels if you have symptoms of low vitamin D.