Vitamin b complex/ vitamin c/ folic acid/ caplets

Generic Name: vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ (VYE-ta-min/FOE-lik AS-id/EYE-urn)
Brand Name: Examples include Foli-Iron and I-Fol Plus

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Vitamin b complex/ vitamin c/ folic acid/ caplets is used for:

Preventing and treating low iron levels in the body. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets is an iron, vitamin, and folic acid combination. It works by providing iron, vitamins, and folic acid to the body.

Do NOT use vitamin b complex/ vitamin c/ folic acid/ caplets if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets
  • you have high levels of iron in the blood (eg, hemochromatosis, hemosiderosis)
  • you have pernicious anemia

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using vitamin b complex/ vitamin c/ folic acid/ caplets:

Some medical conditions may interact with vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have any other type of anemia (eg, hemolytic anemia)
  • if you have stomach or bowel problems (eg, Crohn disease, inflammation, ulcer), metabolism problems, the blood disease porphyria, or other blood problems (eg, thalassemia)
  • if you have a bleeding problem, have had multiple blood transfusions, or are receiving dialysis

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Fluorouracil because the risk of its side effects may be increased by vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets
  • Doxycycline, hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), mycophenolate, penicillamine, or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine) because their effectiveness may be decreased by vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use vitamin b complex/ vitamin c/ folic acid/ caplets:

Use vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • If you also take bisphosphonates (eg, alendronate), cefdinir, methyldopa, a quinolone antibiotic (eg, ciprofloxacin), or a tetracycline antibiotic (eg, minocycline), ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take it with vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets.
  • If you miss a dose of vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets.

Important safety information:

  • Do not take more than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not take large doses of vitamins (megadoses or megavitamin therapy) while you use vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets has pyridoxine (vitamin B6), folic acid, and iron in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it also has pyridoxine, folic acid, or iron in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets may interfere with certain lab tests, such as tests used to check for blood in the stool. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets.
  • Vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets while you are pregnant. Vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of vitamin b complex/ vitamin c/ folic acid/ caplets:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; dark or green stools; diarrhea; nausea; stomach pain; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry, or bloody stools; severe or persistent stomach pain.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include black, tarry, or bloody stools; blue or unusually pale skin; drowsiness or dizziness; fast heartbeat; increased thirst or urination; seizures; severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain; sluggishness; vomiting blood; weakness.

Proper storage of vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets:

Store vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using vitamin b complex/vitamin c/folic acid/ caplets.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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