Compare Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) to alternatives
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|Raises Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) works well for vitamin D deficiencies and is available over the counter. It absorbs better than vitamin D2, but it's animal-based so vegetarians and vegans might not want to take it.||Raises Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol) works for vitamin D deficiencies and is available over the counter, but your body doesn't absorb it as well as Vitamin D3.|
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The Vitamin D3 FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.More about Vitamin D3 side effects »
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|How it works|
|Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) is a form of Vitamin D. It raises Vitamin D levels in your blood. This in turn raises calcium levels in your blood by helping you absorb more calcium from food in your intestine.||Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol) is a form of Vitamin D. It raises Vitamin D levels in your blood. This in turn raises calcium levels in your blood by helping you absorb more calcium from food in your intestine.|
|Type of medication|
|Vitamin DPrescription or OTC||Vitamin DPrescription or OTC|
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NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)
The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.See the FDA package insert
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)
Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.See the FDA package insert
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|More about Vitamin D3Side effectsReviews & ratingsAlternativesFDA package insert||More about Vitamin D2Side effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert|