Vitamin D deficiency seems pretty common, especially with liver disease. Mine was also low, and the doc told me to take a supplement. I take 2000mg of vitamin D3 daily (not rx), and that seems to keep me at a good level. I think that there are studies that indicate adequate levels of Vitamin D increases your odds of SVR.
I had a Vit.D test run for the first time a couple months back and it also was low. I was given an Rx for Vit D 50,000 IU - one capsule per week for one month. This brought my levels up into the low normal range and I am now on 2000IU's (OTC) per day (split into 2 doses). I will have another test with my June labs and see where I am then. I was concerned at the time of that high of dose, but see by googling it, that it is a common dose to boost it up quickly. This is perhaps what your Dr. has in mind in mentioning an Rx.
Viaduk makes a good point about having adequate levels, especially during tx.
5000 units OTC D3 daily maintenance here...
I stated earlier that my dose of d3 is 2000mg. but as pippiepaws noted, it is actually 2000 IU's
Now if I can figure out how large a centimeter is...
Oops!! I meant as paen53 noted
They put me on the 50,000iu caps.. I have to take one twice weekly.. for 8 weeks... Took pill last night and i dont feel bad at all soo far.. Thanks everyone for all the help.
This is an interesting discussion. I too tested low for vitamin D in November and was dosed with 50,000 units once a week. Retested Tuesday and still low, but not as much. Now I will take 50,000 units once a month. The low of the range is 32 and I tested at 31. The test in November was 19. Truthfully, I thought it was just the new thing all the doctors were doing now, especially for women. And I thought I was low because I work a desk and don't get out as much as I should. I appreciate seeing the correlation here between liver damage and low vitamin D.
paen53 - good article. I have printed it out for myself and for my internist. He doesn't know much about Hep C but I think he would like to see the correlation between Hep C and low vitamin D.
I also had my VL run in November since it had been a couple of years -- it was 2.85million IU/mL.