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What does it do?

Multivitamins contain retinol (vitamin A), thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), nicotinamide (vitamin B3), ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and colecalciferol (vitamin D). They are used to increase the amount of these vitamins in your body.

How should you take it?

Take multivitamins regularly as directed with a glass of water.

What if you forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with multivitamins including:

  • supplements that also contain vitamins A, B, C or D (e.g. Clinicians Sunshine Vitamin D3®, Thompson’s Vitamin A 10,000®)

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Multivitamins are unlikely to cause any side effects. If you notice any symptoms you are concerned about, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Multivitamins may turn your pee bright yellow – this is common and is nothing to worry about.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. February 2017

For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed