Generic name: Multivitamins
Vitamins are substances that your body needs to function normally. They are
natural substances required by the body to grow and develop. Vitamins are
contained in food and it is said that a well-balanced diet provides all of
the vitamins required. However, there are times, like during pregnancy and
childhood, during illness, your body needs more vitamins than usual. It is
here multivitamins play a vital role. They are recommended for patients who
need extra vitamins, who are not healthy, who cannot eat enough food to
obtain the required vitamins etc. Multivitamins represent the preparations
which supplement the diet with vitamins, dietary minerals and other
Available in the form of tablets, capsules, chewable tablets, powders,
pastilles, syrups and injectable formulations.
How to use?
- Multivitamins are essential for those with dietary imbalances or
different nutritional needs.
- Helpful for pregnant women, children and elderly adults to balance
the essential nutritional needs in the body .
Always follow the directions prescribed by your doctor or as mentioned in
the package label. Usually should be taken once a day. If your multivitamins
come in a dropper bottle or as a syrup, use the specially marked dropper or
a proper measuring spoon to measure each dose.
- While multivitamins are helpful to balance dietary imbalances, it is
necessary to be cautious before taking them, especially if any medical
- Let your doctor know if you are allergic to multivitamins or any
- Pregnant and breast feeding women should consult their doctors before
taking any multivitamins. Because high doses of vitamin A might cause
- They are dangerous if taken in large amounts. This is because of the
toxicity of certain components, particularly iron.
- For normal adults taking a multivitamin for general health purposes,
it is advised that a multivitamin should contain 100% DRI or less for
- According to a research published in the Journal of the National
Cancer Institute, taking multivitamins more than 7 times a week can
increase the risk of advanced and fatal prostate cancer.
Multivitamins usually consist of the following ingredients:
- Vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, B5(pantothenate), H (biotin), A, E,
- Potassium iodide
- Folic acid
- Iron etc.
Multivitamins may cause side effects such as
Disclaimer:The above information is for general
understanding of the visitor. Please consult a registered medical
practitioner before taking the aforesaid medicine.
- upset stomach
- unpleasant taste