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By mouth

Maintains calcium and phosphorus in your body and makes your bones strong. This medicine is a vitamin… Read more

Brand names include: Carlson Vitamin D, Carlson Vitamin D3

Oral route, Parenteral route

Vitamins are compounds that you must have for growth and health. They are needed in small amounts only and are available in the foods that you eat. Vitamin… Read more

Brand names include: Calciferol, D-Vi-Sol

Drug classes About this
Nutriceutical, Nutritive Agent, Vitamin Combination, Adult Formula
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What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

Vitamin D for the treatment of chronic painful conditions in adults

Chronic pain is pain of moderate or severe intensity lasting three months or more. It can have a variety of causes, but most comes from musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, or pain in muscles. Chronic pain usually affects older people more than younger people. Chronic pain is disabling, and has a large negative impact on quality of life.

Vitamin D supplementation for prevention of mortality in adults

To assess the beneficial and harmful effects of vitamin D for prevention of mortality in healthy adults and adults in a stable phase of disease.

Synthetic human growth hormone for treating X‐linked hypophosphatemia (or Vitamin D resistant rickets) in children

Standard treatment of X‐linked hypophosphatemia can heal rickets but does not always raise the level of phosphates in the blood or return growth levels to normal. It is unclear whether combining human growth hormone therapy with standard treatment improves the phosphate levels, growth rates and bone mineral density. Only one small trial with five children was included in this review. The human growth hormone treatment improved the z score for height and briefly increased the level of phosphates in the blood. However, we found no conclusive evidence that favours the use of human growth hormone treatment for this condition. There have not been enough trials of human growth hormone treatment for this condition and more research is needed.

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Vitamin D for the treatment of chronic painful conditions in adults

Chronic pain is pain of moderate or severe intensity lasting three months or more. It can have a variety of causes, but most comes from musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, or pain in muscles. Chronic pain usually affects older people more than younger people. Chronic pain is disabling, and has a large negative impact on quality of life.

Vitamin D supplementation for prevention of mortality in adults

To assess the beneficial and harmful effects of vitamin D for prevention of mortality in healthy adults and adults in a stable phase of disease.

Synthetic human growth hormone for treating X‐linked hypophosphatemia (or Vitamin D resistant rickets) in children

Standard treatment of X‐linked hypophosphatemia can heal rickets but does not always raise the level of phosphates in the blood or return growth levels to normal. It is unclear whether combining human growth hormone therapy with standard treatment improves the phosphate levels, growth rates and bone mineral density. Only one small trial with five children was included in this review. The human growth hormone treatment improved the z score for height and briefly increased the level of phosphates in the blood. However, we found no conclusive evidence that favours the use of human growth hormone treatment for this condition. There have not been enough trials of human growth hormone treatment for this condition and more research is needed.

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