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Vitamins (Multiple/Oral)

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Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Androvite® [OTC];CalciFolic-DT;Centamin [OTC];Centrum Cardio® [OTC];Centrum Performance® [OTC];Centrum® Silver® Ultra Men's [OTC];Centrum® Silver® Ultra Women's [OTC];Centrum® Silver® [OTC];Centrum® Ultra Men's [OTC];Centrum® Ultra Women's [OTC];Centrum® [OTC];Diatx®Zn;Drinkables® Fruits and Vegetables [OTC];Drinkables® MultiVitamins [OTC];Encora®;Foltrin®;Freedavite [OTC];Geri-Freeda [OTC];Geriation [OTC];Geritol Complete® [OTC];Geritol Extend® [OTC];Geritol® Tonic [OTC];Glutofac®-MX;Glutofac®-ZX;Gynovite® Plus [OTC];Hemocyte Plus®;Hi-Kovite [OTC];Iberet®-500 [OTC] [DSC];Monocaps [OTC];Myadec® [OTC];Nutrimin-Plus [OTC];Ocuvite® Adult 50+ [OTC];Ocuvite® Extra® [OTC];Ocuvite® Lutein [OTC];Ocuvite® [OTC];One A Day® Cholesterol Plus [OTC];One A Day® Energy [OTC];One A Day® Essential [OTC];One A Day® Maximum [OTC];One A Day® Men's 50+ Advantage [OTC];One A Day® Men's Health Formula [OTC];One A Day® Teen Advantage for Her [OTC];One A Day® Teen Advantage for Him [OTC];One A Day® Weight Smart® Advanced [OTC];One A Day® Women's 50+ Advantage [OTC];One A Day® Women's Active Mind & Body [OTC];One A Day® Women's [OTC];Optivite® P.M.T. [OTC];PreserVision® AREDS [OTC];PreserVision® Lutein [OTC];Quintabs [OTC];Quintabs-M Iron-Free [OTC];Quintabs-M [OTC];Renax®;Renax® 5.5;Replace Without Iron [OTC];Replace [OTC];Repliva 21/7®;SourceCF®;Strovite®;Strovite® Advance;Strovite® Forte;Strovite® Plus;T-Vites [OTC];Ultra Freeda A-Free [OTC];Ultra Freeda Iron-Free [OTC];Ultra Freeda With Iron [OTC];Viactiv® Calcium Flavor GlidesT [OTC];Viactiv® Flavor Glides [OTC];Viactiv® for Teens [OTC];Viactiv® With Calcium [OTC];Viactiv® [OTC];Vitafol®;Xtramins [OTC];Yelets [OTC]
    • Pharmacologic Category: Vitamin

    Uses
    • It is used to treat anemia.
    • Vitamins are needed for proper growth and good health.
    • A multivitamin will help you get needed nutrients in your diet.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Chewable tablet: Chew or crush well. Mix crushed tablet with food. Do not swallow whole.
    • There is a liquid (solution) if you cannot swallow pills.
    • Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal time.
    • Do not take two doses or extra doses.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect caplets, capsules, and tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Keep away from children. Accidental poisonings with iron happen most often in children. First signs of overdose include feeling tired, upset stomach, throwing up, belly pain, dark tarry-black stool, and weak or fast heartbeat.

    Avoid

    • Tell doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs involved.

    Precautions

    • Check drugs with doctor. This drug may not mix well with other drugs.
    • Tell doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber diet may help. Talk with doctor about a stool softener or laxative.

    Monitoring

    • Change in health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Follow up with doctor.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for health help about side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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