Vitamin D is important for our health and we need to keep the right level in our body to avoid health problems. You can order vitamin D home test kits and treatment online if it's right for you.
Using a home test works in the following steps:
In some cases, the doctor may need to ask for more information. They may contact you by phone, so make sure your telephone number is up to date in your online account.
Last reviewed: 7/11/2019 by Dr Clair Grainger
|Colecalciferol 10000 IU and Colecalciferol 1000 IU||28 and 90 tablets||£30.00|
|Colecalciferol 1000 IU||90 tablets||£20.00|
|Vitamin D Test Kit||1 Test Kit||£36.00|
Click & Collect: free (available for next-day collection in Superdrug Pharmacies)
Next Day Delivery: £3.99
Dispensing and standard delivery included.
Ordering is quick and simple. For test kits:
Please note – where a generic product has been ordered we may use a range of manufacturers in order to provide you with your medication, in order to maintain our service levels
Vitamin D is one of many vitamins that is essential for good health. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium. Having enough calcium in the body keeps your bones, teeth and muscles healthy. Children who do not get enough vitamin D can develop rickets, a condition where the bones are too soft and start to deform. Adults who do not get enough Vitamin D can develop osteomalacia, which can cause bone pain and weakness.
Our body can create vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin. Our body can also absorb vitamin D from certain foods and supplements:
Some people can get enough Vitamin D from direct sunlight, especially in the summer months. But, many of us do not get enough sunlight to produce healthy amounts of Vitamin D. This is especially true during the winter months because there are less hours of sunlight. In this case, we need to make sure we are getting enough Vitamin D in our diets, which may need to include Vitamin D supplements.
Having low vitamin D can be associated with the following symptoms:
The best way of diagnosing a Vitamin D deficiency is with a blood test. You can do this blood test at home use a home vitamin D test kit that you can order online from Superdrug Online Doctor. It’s a pin-prick blood test that means you only need to collect a few drops of blood and then send your sample off to our lab. Results should be available in your account, 2-3 days after your sample reaches the lab. A Superdrug doctor will also give advice on your results.
The result will put you in one of three categories:
Some people are at a higher risk of developing vitamin D deficiency. You are at higher risk if you:
Some of the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can be very similar to those of other conditions. If you are unsure, make an appointment with your GP who will be able to discuss your concerns further.
If your doctor or pharmacist agrees, go out in the sun for 10-15 minutes per day without sunscreen to make sure that some sunlight reaches the skin. You may wish to still put on sunscreen on moles or other areas that are sensitive to the sun. Be aware that spending too much time in the sun without sunscreen can cause skin damage, which can lead to signs of ageing and skin cancer.
Include more foods that are rich in vitamin D in your diet. This may be difficult if you follow a strict vegan diet as a lot of vitamin D is found in animal-based foods.
If you have a low level of vitamin D in your blood, you may want to consider taking supplements. If you have an ‘insufficient’ level of vitamin D in your body, you can buy low dose vitamin D supplements. If you have been diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency, you can get prescription medication high dose Vitamin D supplements to boost your levels up quickly and then continue with the low dose supplements once you have increased your vitamin D levels.
We supply both treatments and supplements for low vitamin D:
To use the Superdrug Online Doctor service, follow these steps:
To order treatment, you must be over 18. Additionally, you must have had a blood test which confirms that you have low vitamin D levels. You can order a blood test through us here or via your usual GP.
You should not take vitamin D supplements if you:
It is unusual to get any side effects from Vitamin D treatments, but some potential side effects include:
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To place an order, fill in a brief questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order and prescribe a treatment if suitable. Existing patients should login first.