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Woman Sues Supplement Company for Alleged Overdose

March 11, 2013 | 2 min read

A woman recently filed a personal injury lawsuit against a supplement corporation after she alleged she overdosed on two of the ingredients included in her pills. According to Courthouse News, Susan Cellitti contended the calcium and magnesium tablets manufactured by Now Foods contained 50 times more Vitamin D than was listed on the label. Cellitti’s lawsuit stated that she overdosed on the vitamin because she was unknowingly ingesting 30 times more than the daily recommended dose. After purchasing the product on February 15, 2011, Celitti stated she took the pills three times a day for the following three months. 

According to the nonprofit Vitamin D Council, the health supplement is one of the healthiest available to consumers. However, if someone takes too much, it can certainly be harmful. In the case of someone ingesting too much Vitamin D, he or she may find they are feeling nauseous, confused or lose significant amounts of weight, the organization’s website stated.

How Vitamin D can be considered dangerous

“Because the body has a built in mechanism for preventing toxicity with vitamin D produced in the skin, there is no risk of vitamin D toxicity due to ultraviolet-B (UVB) exposure – whether from the sun or a tanning bed,” Vitamin D Council’s website stated. “Supplemental vitamin D bypasses this built-in protection and, if excessive amounts are consumed over a period of time, 25(OH)D blood levels can reach a point where toxicity is possible.”

According to News-Medical.Net, some of the symptoms of vitamin D toxicity are a result of hypercalcemia, which is an elevated level of calcium in the blood, and caused by increased intestinal calcium absorption. In addition, Vitamin D toxicity is known to be a cause of high blood pressure. The individual can also suffer several gastrointestinal side effects, which can be treated over time.

The Vitamin D Council’s website stated that although some cases may be severe, it is generally easy to treat.

“In most cases, vitamin D toxicity can be corrected without lasting problems, provided the body has not remained in a hypercalcemic state for too long,” the website stated. “Hypercalcemia has the potential to cause soft tissue calcification, resulting in deposits of calcium crystals in the heart, lungs, and/or kidneys. With prolonged hypercalcemia, permanent damage is possible if calcification is severe enough.” 

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