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 2,600 551
Fatigue 195 53
Multiple sclerosis 101 20
Support nutritional health 49 15
Support immune health 40 5

Show all 120 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 609

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 43 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Multivitamins

Dosage Patients
daily 145
1 tablet(s) daily 137
1 cap(s) daily 76
1 tab(s) daily 33
1 capsule(s) daily 15
2 other daily 13
2 tablet(s) daily 12
1 daily 11
1 other daily 11
1 tablet(s) twice daily 11

See all 56 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Multivitamins

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Reason Patients
Other 206
Did not seem to work 57
Expense 47
Personal research 36
Doctor's advice 35
Course of treatment ended 19
Side effects too severe 13
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 376 patients who've stopped taking Multivitamins

Duration

Currently taking Multivitamins

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 30
2 - 5 years 80
5 - 10 years 168
10 years or more 230

Stopped taking Multivitamins

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 32
1 - 6 months 63
6 months - 1 year 71
1 - 2 years 64
2 - 5 years 79
5 - 10 years 38
10 years or more 43
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 387
Usually 190
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 510
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 0
$50-99 11
$25-49 44
< $25 327
Not specified 267
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100 patient evaluations for Multivitamins

Nov 4, 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
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Aug 10, 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
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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

Jul 24, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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