Tuberculosis treatment greatly helped by injection of 200,000 IU of vitamin D – RCT April 2016

The role of supplementary vitamin D in treatment course of pulmonary tuberculosis

Egyptian Journal of Chest Diseases and Tuberculosis, doi:10.1016/j.ejcdt.2016.03.004
Essam Gouda Hassaneina, Enas El Said Mohammada, Ayman Ibrahim Baessa, , , Eman Tayae EL-Sayedb, Ahmad Madi Yossefc


Injection of vitamin D has several benefits

  1. No concern about patient forgetting to take vitamin D periodically
  2. No concern about vitamin D being blocked by poor gut
  3. Injection provides a loading dose, which restores vitamin D levels in days, rather than months

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Overview Loading of vitamin D contains the following

Loading dose: 194 studies at VitaminDWiki

Vitamin D loading dose (stoss therapy) proven to improve health overview
If a person is or is suspected to be, very vitamin D deficient a loading dose should be given

  • Loading = restore = quick replacement by 1 or more doses
  • Loading doses range in total size from 100,000 IU to 1,000,000 IU of Vitamin D3
    • = 2.5 to 25 milligrams
  • The size of the loading dose is a function of body weight - see below
    • Unfortunately, some doctors persist in using Vitamin D2 instead of D3
  • Loading may be done as quickly as a single day (Stoss), to as slowly as 3 months.
    • It appears that spreading the loading dose over 4+ days is slightly better if speed is not essential
  • Loading is typically oral, but can be Injection (I.M,) and Topical
  • Loading dose is ~3X faster if done topically or swished inside of the mouth
    • Skips the slow process of stomach and intestine, and might even skip liver and Kidney as well
  • The loading dose persists in the body for 1 - 3 months
    • The loading dose should be followed up with on-going maintenance dosing
    • Unfortunately, many doctors fail to follow-up with the maintenance dosing.
  • About 1 in 300 people have some form of a mild allergic reaction to vitamin D supplements, including loading doses
    • it appears prudent to test with a small amount of vitamin D before giving a loading dose
    • The causes of a mild allergic reaction appear to be: (in order of occurrence)
    • 1) lack of magnesium - which can be easily added
    • 2) allergy to capsule contents - oil, additives (powder does not appear to cause any reaction)
    • 3) allergy to the tiny amount of D3 itself (allergy to wool) ( alternate: D3 made from plants )
    • 4) allergy of the gut to Vitamin D - alternative = topical

Intervention AND TB in VitaminDWiki

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Background: Vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency is associated with impaired immune function and increased risk of active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB).

Objectives: To evaluate the role of vitamin D as supplementary treatment with the first line anti-tuberculous drugs (rifampicin, izoniazide, ethambutol and pyrazinamide) in treatment course of patients with active pulmonary tuberculosis.

Methods: We conducted a case-control study in El Maamora chest hospital, Alexandria governorate, Egypt, including 60 adult patients with active pulmonary TB of 30 patients each. Patients in group I (cases) received vitamin D (200,000 IU) intramuscular injection once besides anti-tuberculous drugs, while patients in group II (controls) were randomly selected from the hospital registry who received the first line anti-tuberculous treatment only. The primary outcome was evaluation of conversion time of sputum smear. The secondary outcome was clinical improvement as assessed by TB score.

Measurements and main results: Mean ± SD age of all patients was 41.55 ± 14.91 years. The study included 44 (73.3%) males and 16 (26.7%) females. Vitamin D deficiency/insufficiency was detected in 54 (90%) patients. Comparing the two groups, there was a rapid decline in sputum conversion time and severity classes of TB score in group I compared to group II (p < 0.001 and p = 0.02, respectively). No complications secondary to supplementary vitamin D were met all through the study.

Conclusion: Vitamin D accelerates the improvement observed in vitamin D supplemented TB therapy. Vitamin D is safe when added to anti-tuberculous drugs. Vitamin D deficiency/insufficiency is common among TB patients. Further studies are required to validate this observation and define a cut off of vitamin D level to prevent immunological alterations.

Smoking is bad for TB - Clipped from PDF
"patients who smoke had a fivefold (p < 0.0001) higher odds of having active tuberculosis compared with patients who do not smoke."

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