What is multivitamin with minerals?

Multivitamins and minerals are a combination of many different vitamins and minerals that are normally found in foods and other natural sources.

Multivitamins and minerals are used to provide vitamins and minerals that are not taken in through the diet. Multivitamins and minerals are also used to treat vitamin or mineral deficiencies caused by illness, pregnancy, poor nutrition, digestive disorders, certain medications, and many other conditions.

Multivitamins and minerals may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.


Many vitamin and mineral supplements can cause serious or life-threatening side effects if taken in large doses. Do not take more of this medication than directed on the label or prescribed by your doctor.

If you have any medical conditions, ask your doctor before taking multivitamins and minerals. If you have certain conditions, you may need a certain vitamin formulation or special tests while taking multivitamins and minerals.

Do not take multivitamins and minerals without telling your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Some vitamins can harm an unborn baby if taken in large doses. You may need to use a prenatal vitamin specially formulated for pregnant women.

Multivitamins and minerals can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Avoid taking more than one vitamin/mineral product at the same time unless your doctor tells you to. Taking similar vitamin products together can result in a vitamin overdose or serious side effects.

Avoid the regular use of salt substitutes in your diet if your multivitamin and mineral contains potassium. If you are on a low-salt diet, ask your doctor before taking a vitamin or mineral supplement.

Do not take this medication with milk, other dairy products, calcium supplements, or antacids that contain calcium. Calcium may make it harder for your body to absorb certain minerals.

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Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of vitamins A, D, E, or K can cause serious or life-threatening side effects. Certain minerals may also cause serious overdose symptoms if you take too much.

Vitamin overdose symptoms may include stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, hair loss, peeling skin, tingly feeling in or around your mouth, changes in menstrual periods, weight loss, severe headache, muscle or joint pain, severe back pain, blood in your urine, pale skin, and easy bruising or bleeding.

Mineral overdose symptoms may include dry mouth, increased thirst or urination, severe nausea or stomach pain, constipation, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, black and tarry stools, coughing up blood, severe drowsiness, slow heart rate, shallow breathing, weak and rapid pulse, confusion, muscle weakness, warmth or tingly feeling, fainting, cold or clammy skin, blue lips, and seizure (convulsions).

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

When taken as directed, multivitamins and minerals are not expected to cause serious side effects. Less serious side effects may include:

  • upset stomach;
  • headache; or
  • unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Vitamin and mineral supplements can interact with certain medications, or affect how medications work in your body. Before taking a vitamin/mineral product, tell your doctor if you also use:

  • diuretics (water pills);
  • heart or blood pressure medications;
  • tretinoin (Vesanoid);
  • isotretinoin (Accutane, Amnesteen, Clavaris, Sotret);
  • trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole (Cotrim, Bactrim, Septra, TMP/SMX); or
  • an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine), indomethacin (Indocin), ketoprofen (Orudis), and others.

This list is not complete and there may be other medications that can interact with or be affected by multivitamins and minerals. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Other Names

ABC Plus Senior, ABC to Z, Adeks, Antioxid Caplets, Antioxidant Formula, Antioxidant Multiple Vitamins and Minerals, Apatate Forte, AquADEKs, AquADEKs Pediatric, Avail Calcium Intensive, B-Plex Plus Minerals, Bacmin, Becomax Rx, Bee-Zee, Beelith, Berocca Plus, Berplex Plus, Betamed, Biotin Forte with Zinc, Bugs Bunny Complete, CF Vite, Calafol Rx, Calcet Plus, CalciFolic-D, Calcium and Magnesium, Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc, Caltrate 600 Plus, Caltrate Plus, Caromega, Centavite, Central, Central-Vite, Centrum, Centrum Jr, Centrum Jr with Extra C, Centrum Jr with Extra Calcium, Centrum Kids Complete Dora the Explorer, Centrum Kids Complete Variety, Centrum Performance, Centrum Silver, Centrum Singles, Century, Century-Vite, Cerovite Advanced Formula, Cerovite Junior, Cerovite Liquid, Cerovite Senior, Certa-Vite Senior Plus Lutein, Certagen, Certavite, Cezin-S, Circavite T, Citracal Plus with Magnesium, Compete, Complete A-Z, Corvite, Daily Combo, Daily Multi-Vitamins with Minerals, Daily-Vite Weight Control, Decagen, DermaVite, Dialyvite 3000, Dialyvite 800 with Zinc, Dialyvite with Zinc Rx, Diatx Zn, Diavite Plus, Disney Winnie the Pooh Complete, Disney Winnie the Pooh Gummies, Disney Winnie the Pooh with Extra C, Dolomite, Ecee Plus, Eldercaps, Eldertonic, Ellis Tonic Sherry, Embrex 600, Encora, Femtabs, Flintstones Complete, Flintstones with Calcium, Folgard OS, Folpace Rx, Formula B Plus, Formula Twenty-One, Fosfree, Garfield Complete Vitamins, Generix-T, Geri-Tonic, Geritol Extend, Gerivite Liquid, Gevrabon, Gevratonic, Glutofac-MX, Glutofac-ZX, Gold Age Liquid Vitamins and Minerals, Gynovite, Hair Booster, Hematinic Plus, Hemax, High Potency, I-Sense, I-Sense OccuShield, I-Vite, I-Vite Protect, ICaps AREDS, ICaps MV, ICaps Plus, ICaps with Lutein and Zeaxan, Icaps TR, L-Tonic, M-Vit, Mag-SR with Calcium, Magna-C-7 Forte, MagneBind 400 Rx, Magnesium Oxide and Pyridoxine, Mediplex Ultra, Mens Pack, Mi-C-T, Multi-Day Plus Minerals, Multi-Day with Calcium and Extra Iron, Multilex, Multilex-T/M+Minerals, Multiple Vitamins with Minerals, Multiple Vitamins with Zinc, My-A-Multi, Myadec, Myvitalife, NIC 750, Nicomide, Nu-Iron V, O-CAL F.A., Occuplex, Ocuvite, Ocuvite Extra, Ocuvite Lutein, Ocuvite PreserVision, One Daily with Minerals, One Tab Daily with Minerals, One-A-Day Max, One-A-Day WeightSmart, One-A-Day Women, Optilets-M-500, Optivite P.M.T., Os-Cal Forte, Os-Cal Ultra, Ostiva, PMS Balance, Procycle Multi Vitamin with Minerals, Prosight, Protegra Softgel, RenaPlex, Renax, Renax 5.5, Resource Optisource, Ru-Lets M 500, SSS, Senetonic, Sesame St. Vitamins Complete, Siderol, Stress 600 with Zinc, Stress Formula with Zinc, StressTabs with Zinc, Strovite, Strovite Advance, Strovite Forte, Strovite Plus, Super High Vitamins and Minerals, Support, Support 500, Surbex-750 with Zinc, T-Gran plus Minerals, T-Lite, Tab-A-Vite Maximum, Tab-A-Vite WeightSlim, Tab-A-Vite Womens Formula, Tandem Plus, Thera Hematinic, Thera M, Thera-M, Thera-Vite M, Theragener-M, Theragran-M, Therapeutic Multiple Vitamins with Minerals, Therapeutic-M, Theravim M, Therems M, Therobec Plus, Udamin, Udamin SP, Unicap M, Unicap Senior, Unicap T, Unicomplex M, V-C Forte, Vi-Zac, Viactiv Calcium Flavor Glides, Viactiv Multi-Vitamin, Viactiv Soft Calcium Chews, Vica-Forte, Vicap Forte, Vicon Forte, Vicon Plus, Vicon-C, Vigortol Liquid, Viogen-C, Vita S Forte, Vita Zx, Vita-Dec, Vita-Min Rx, Vita-Zinc, Vitafol, Vitalize Plus, Vitamin B Complex with C and Minerals, Vitamin B Complex with C and Zinc, Vitamin C with Zinc, Vitamin D with Minerals, Womens Pack, Z-Bec, Z-Gen, ZE-Plus, Zincvit, Zodeac-100, multivitamin with minerals, ADEKs, Antioxidant Ultra Formula, CalciFol, Centrum Cardio, Centrum Kids Complete SpongeBob SquarePants, Centrum Men's, Centrum Silver Men's, Centrum Silver Women's, Centrum Women's, Certagen Senior, Certagen Senior with Lutein, Certa-Vite, CertaVite with Lutein, Children's Complete, Clusimar, Corvite 150, Corvite Free, Daily Multiple for Men 50+, Daily Multiple for Women, Daily Multiple for Women 50+, Dialyvite 5000, elon Matrix 5000 Complete, elppa Daily, Eye Health Formula, Ferrocite Plus, Folbee Plus CZ, Geritol Complete, Hemocyte Plus, Leg-Gesic, Magonate Tablets, MaxiVision Eye & Body Formula, MaxiVision Eye Formula, MaxiVision Ocular Formula, MaxiVision Whole Body Formula, Multi-betic, Nicotinamide ZCF, Nutiifac ZX, One-A-Day Men 50 Plus, One-A-Day Women 50 Plus, Opti-Gen, PreserVision, Recal Fol D, Re Dualvit F, Re Dualvit Plus, RE Fac-X, Renatabs with Iron, Reocyte Plus, Risanoid Plus, SourceCF Chewables, SourceCF Multivitamins with A,B,D,E & K plus Zinc, SourceCF Pediatric Drops, SourceCF Softgels, Spectravite Cardio Health, Strovite Advance+D, Strovite One, Theragener-H, Thera-M Enhanced, Uni-Fac ZX, Uni-Thera M with Beta Carotene, Viactiv Multi-Vitamin Flavor Glides, Vitacon Forte, Vital-D, Vitamax, Vitaplex Plus, and Zinc with Vitamin C

Available Strengths & Dosages

Route Form Strength
oral tablet Antioxidant Multiple Vitamins and Minerals
oral capsule Antioxidant Multiple Vitamins and Minerals

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