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Vitamins (Multiple/Oral)


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    • Brand Names: U.S.: 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;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]

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


    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 it whole.
    • There is a liquid (solution) if you cannot swallow pills.
    • Those who have feeding tubes may 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 the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.


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



    • Keep away from children. 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 a weak or fast heartbeat.


    • Tell your 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.


    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Hard stools (constipation). Drinking more liquids, working out, or adding fiber to your diet may help. Talk with your doctor about a stool softener or laxative.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was 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 or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an 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 may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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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.