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Information on Multivitamins

Multivitamins are supplements that contain numerous different vitamins which can be found in different types of food. Iron can also be found in several types of food, and once it gets into the human body it gets integrated into the myoglobin and hemoglobin. Myoglobin is in charge of storing oxygen in the muscle cells while hemoglobin carries the oxygen to numerous different organs and tissues in the human body.

Multivitamin supplements enhanced with iron are used for the treatment of iron deficiency which may be triggered by one of many different medical conditions such as poor nutrition, illness, various digestive disorders and pregnancy. Multivitamin supplements should always be taken according to the recommended dosage and they should never be mixed with other vitamin products.

These types of supplements should not be mixed with calcium supplements, antacids, milk and other dairy products. Vitamin overdose symptoms may be really severe and they may or may not contain, stomach pain, constipation, weight loss, tarry stool, pale skin, vomiting, loss of appetite, severe headaches, blue lips, bloody diarrhea, hair loss, muscle pain, easy bruising, seizures, coughing up blood, peeling skin, joint pain, weakness, convulsions, tingly sensations, severe back pain, shallow breathing, bloody urine, menstrual changes, and changes in the pulse rate.


Mineral and vitamins may have severe even fatal side effects if taken in large amounts so it is wise to always consult the doctor before taking any herbal or health supplements. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should be especially careful because certain vitamins and minerals can be rather harmful for the infant.

One should always follow the directions from the label or the ones that came with the doctor’s prescription in order to avoid an overdose. Certain side effects may occur due to the mineral content of the supplement. These may or may not include increased urination, limp feeling, confusion, uneven heart rate, muscle weakness and stomach bleeding. The multivitamin supplements need to be swallowed as a whole, chewed on or dissolved in water, depending on the instructions provided on the label.

Side Effects

Oral use of health supplements that contain iron may trigger certain gastrointestinal side effects which are usually related to an improper dosage. The side effects may include constipation, vomiting, nausea, heartburn, darker stools, diarrhea, anorexia and sometimes even hemoccult-positive stools. Other side effects may also include stained teeth and sometimes a condition medically referred to as hemosiderosis.

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