What is Multivitamins?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Centrum Multivitamin Centrum Silver One A Day Women's Show all

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See also: Thorne Basic Nutrients V Vitamin Supplements

A multivitamin is a preparation intended to supplement a human diet with vitamins, dietary minerals and other nutritional elements. Such preparations are available in the form of tablets, capsules, pastilles, powders, liquids and injectable formulations.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 2,545 532
Fatigue 182 51
multiple sclerosis 98 20
Support nutritional health 48 14
Support immune health 39 5
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 38 11

Show all 139 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 16
Mild 27
None 586

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Multivitamins

Side effect Patients
Nausea 9
Constipation 2
Flatulence 2
Increased energy 2
Indigestion 2
Insomnia 2

Show all 42 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Multivitamins

Dosage Patients
daily 120
1 tablet(s) daily 89
1 cap(s) daily 66
1 tab(s) daily 38
1 capsule(s) daily 13
2 cap(s) daily 11
2 tablet(s) daily 11
1 daily 8
1 tablet(s) twice daily 8
2 other daily 8

See all 45 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Multivitamins

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 204
Did not seem to work 56
Expense 46
Personal research 36
Doctor's advice 34
Course of treatment ended 19
Side effects too severe 13
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 370 patients who've stopped taking Multivitamins

Duration

Currently taking Multivitamins

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 71
5 - 10 years 156
10 years or more 158

Stopped taking Multivitamins

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 31
1 - 6 months 61
6 months - 1 year 69
1 - 2 years 62
2 - 5 years 80
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 43
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 369
Usually 187
Sometimes 58
Never taken as prescribed 19
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 30
A little hard to take 104
Not at all hard to take 491
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 0
$50-99 11
$25-49 41
< $25 316
Not specified 257
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99 patient evaluations for Multivitamins

Jul 2, 2017 (Started Sep 12, 1975)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 11, 2017 (Started Sep 12, 1975)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 7, 2012 (Started Sep 12, 1975)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 13, 2009 (Started Sep 12, 1975)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 7, 2008 (Started Sep 12, 1975)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: For a mass-produced OTC vitamin this appears to provide me with some additional energy & increased resistance to colds, flu, etc. I'm not a vitamin/suppliment "nut" as I was (for a period of time) after I was 1'st diagnosed with MS in the late 1970's. However I feel that maintaining good overall health is very important, regardless of living with MS. I can only believe that maintaining our overall health can do nothing but help us in our daily lives while living with & managing our MS.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 25, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Doctor recommendation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: Take daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jan 17, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Doctor recommendation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: Take daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Oct 10, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Doctor recommendation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Sep 14, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Doctor recommendation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jul 13, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Doctor recommendation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 15, 2017 (Started Mar 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 cap(s) Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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