MULTIVITAMINS - VITAMIN B COMPLEX oral


Therapeutic action

– Vitamin supplementation

Indications

– Few indications: this drug has no effect in case of real vitamin deficiency. Nevertheless, vitamin supplementation helps to prevent some deficiencies in people at risk (e.g. pregnant women).

Forms and strengths

– Tablet. Composition varies in quality and quantity, with manufacturers.
Examples of composition per tablet:


Multivitamins

B complex

Daily needs (adult)

Vitamin A

Vitamin B1

Vitamin B2

Vitamin B3 (= PP)

Vitamin C

Vitamin D3

2500 IU

1 mg

0.5 mg

7.5 mg

15 mg

300 IU

/

1 mg

1 mg

15 mg

/

/

2500 IU

0.9 to 1.3 mg

1.5 to 1.8 mg

15 to 20 mg

10 mg

100 to 200 IU

Dosage

– Child under 5 years: 1 tablet daily
– Child over 5 years: 2 tablets daily
– Adult: 3 tablets daily

Duration

– Depending on situation

Contra-indications, adverse effects, precautions

– Pregnancy: no contra-indication
– Breast-feeding: no contra-indication

Remarks

– Specific vitamin deficiency states require appropriate doses of vitamins.
– Multivitamins are not included in the WHO list of essential medicines.
– Storage: keep in a cool place (8 °C to 15 °C)