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 2,618 557
Fatigue 197 55
Multiple sclerosis 101 21
Support nutritional health 50 15
Support immune health 40 5

Show all 118 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 28
None 611

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Multivitamins

Side effect Patients
Nausea 9
Constipation 2
Flatulence 2
Indigestion 2
Insomnia 2
Stomach pain 2

Show all 34 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Multivitamins

Dosage Patients
1 tablet(s) daily 134
daily 121
1 cap(s) daily 71
1 tab(s) daily 28
1 capsule(s) daily 18
2 tablet(s) daily 13
2 other daily 12
1 tablet(s) twice daily 11
1 daily 9
1 other daily 9

See all 52 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Multivitamins

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Reason Patients
Other 207
Did not seem to work 59
Expense 49
Personal research 37
Doctor's advice 36
Course of treatment ended 19
Side effects too severe 13
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 380 patients who've stopped taking Multivitamins

Duration

Currently taking Multivitamins

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 77
5 - 10 years 142
10 years or more 224

Stopped taking Multivitamins

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 32
1 - 6 months 64
6 months - 1 year 71
1 - 2 years 65
2 - 5 years 80
5 - 10 years 39
10 years or more 44
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 388
Usually 191
Sometimes 60
Never taken as prescribed 20
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 30
A little hard to take 109
Not at all hard to take 512
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 0
$50-99 11
$25-49 45
< $25 331
Not specified 264
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101 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

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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

Dec 20, 2016 (Started Jun 28, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 tablet(s) Daily
Advice & Tips: I can't tell it the Multivitamin are helping.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 24, 2015 (Started Jun 28, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 tablet(s) Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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