Vitamin D

Recommended doses of vitamin D

picVitaminDAmerican Family Physician has published a review of vitamin D deficiency, with recommendations.


  • Older adults
    • To lower risk for falls and fractures: Vitamin D 700 to 800 IU per day
  • To prevent vitamin D deficiency
    • Infants and children with inadequate sun exposure: Vitamin D 400 IU/day
    • Adults with inadequate sun exposure: Vitamin D intake of 400 to 600 IU per day
  • Adults with vitamin D deficiency, except for those with malabsorption syndromes,
    • Maintenance dosages of 800 to 1000 IU of vitamin D per day

The bottom line?
The authors cover important information on follow-up after a course of treatment.

11/13/09 11:18 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.