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Forceval Junior Capsules
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important
information for you or your child.
Please note this leaflet has been written as if it will be read by patients, any
parents/carers using it should read “your child” where the term “you” or “your”
Is used.
This medicine is available without prescription. However, you still need to take
Forceval Junior Capsules carefully to get the best results from them.
x Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
x Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
x You must contact a doctor, dietician or pharmacist if your symptoms
worsen or do not improve.
x If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effect not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor, dietician or pharmacist.

The information in this leaflet has been divided into the following sections:
1. What Forceval Junior Capsules are and what they are taken for
2. Check before you take Forceval Junior Capsules
3. How to take Forceval Junior Capsules
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Forceval Junior Capsules
6. Further information

1. What Forceval Junior Capsules are and what they are taken for
Forceval Junior Capsules are a multivitamin and mineral supplement. They
contain a combination of 22 essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
The human body requires a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and trace
elements to perform crucial daily tasks such as releasing energy from food
and repairing cell damage. During certain illnesses, your body either cannot
get or cannot efficiently use all of the vitamins, minerals and trace elements it
Your doctor, dietician or pharmacist will give you Forceval Junior Capsules if
your diet has not provided you with enough vitamins, minerals and trace
Each capsule contains the following 22 essential vitamins, minerals and trace
elements, each of which plays a vital role in the efficient daily maintenance of
many body processes:

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There are 13 vitamins in Forceval
Junior Capsules:
9LWDPLQ $ DV ȕ-Carotene)….............1250 iu
(Retinol Equivalent) (375 micrograms)
Vitamin D2....……......200 iu (5 micrograms)
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)..……..…………1.5 mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)…..….….........1.0 mg
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)..……………..1.0 mg
Vitamin B12……………….….2.0 micrograms
Vitamin C………………….….……......25 mg
Vitamin E………………..…………….....5 mg
Vitamin K1……………………25 micrograms
Biotin………..………………..50 micrograms
Nicotinamide……….………….………7.5 mg
Pantothenic acid…..……...…………....2 mg
Folic acid…..……..…...…...100 micrograms

There are 9 minerals and trace
elements in Forceval Junior
Iron………………….……..…5 mg
Copper……………….………1 mg
Magnesium………….……….1 mg
Zinc………………….…….....5 mg
Iodine…………......75 micrograms
Manganese………………1.25 mg
Selenium…………25 micrograms
Chromium…...…..50 micrograms
Molybdenum….....50 micrograms

The functions of the vitamins found in Forceval Junior Capsules
Vitamin A (ȕ-Carotene) Is essential for growth, maintenance of skin and
mucous membranes such as the linings of the mouth,
nose, lungs, digestive system, colon and for vision,
particularly at night
Vitamin D2 helps the body absorb calcium, potassium
Vitamin D2
and phosphorous, all of which are vital for healthy
bones and teeth
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) Is involved in the proper functioning of the heart
muscles and for the release of energy from protein, fat
and carbohydrate, needed for growth, normal appetite
and digestion. Thiamin has also been shown to play a
vital role in the normal functioning of the nervous
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) Vitamin B2 plays a key role in energy metabolism, and
is required for the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates,
and proteins
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) Vitamin B6 helps protein metabolism, along with the
maintenance of the nervous and immune systems
Vitamin B12 is often called the 'red vitamin' because it
Vitamin B12
is required for regulating blood cells
Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that plays an
important role in maintaining the health of our cells,
blood vessels and our resistance to infection. Vitamin
C also helps bones, teeth, gums, skin and assists the
absorption of iron from the blood

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Vitamin E

Vitamin K1

Pantothenic acid

Folic acid

Vitamin E is a highly effective antioxidant, helping to
protect the body from the effects of free radicals. It
also helps to maintain healthy skin and blood cells
Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting
Biotin is needed for normal growth and development
of the skin and hair, the maintenance of a healthy
nervous system and the healthy functioning of bone
Nicotinamide (also known as Vitamin B3) is essential
for a healthy nervous system
Pantothenic acid plays a vital role in the process of
releasing energy from foods, the role of fat
metabolism and the provision of the immune system
with antibodies
Folic acid is required to regulate the growth of cells
including red blood cells and protein synthesis.

The main functions of the minerals and trace elements are: 1,2,3,4
Iron forms part of red blood cells which carry oxygen
round the body
Is required for growth and forms part of enzymes
involved in blood and bone formation
Magnesium is essential for the formation of bones and
teeth, and for the release of energy from food
Zinc is required for growth and cell function, bone
metabolism, taste, insulin production and the body’s
immune system which fights infection
Involved in the functioning of the thyroid gland which
regulates many of the metabolic processes of the
Manganese helps the body to utilise calcium and
potassium and maintain the structure of cells
Selenium helps to protect the cells and lipids from free
radical damage
Helps the body to use glucose by its action on insulin
Is involved in the enzyme processes for protein

2. Check before you take Forceval Junior Capsules
Do not take Forceval Junior Capsules :
x if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to any of the ingredients of Forceval
Junior Capsules (see Section 6 Further information)
x if you suffer from iron storage disorders such as bronzed diabetes
Do not give Forceval Junior Capsules to children aged under 5.

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Take special care with Forceval Junior Capsules
Before you take Forceval Junior Capsules tell your doctor, dietician or
pharmacist if:

you are taking any other vitamin or mineral supplement
you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
you are a smoker
you have an asbestos related illness such as asbestosis.

If any of the above applies to you, or if you are not sure, speak to your doctor
or pharmacist before taking Forceval Junior Capsules.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken/used any of the
following medicines as they may interfere with Forceval Junior Capsules:

Anticoagulants such as warfarin or nicoumalone (used to prevent blood
from clotting)
Phenytoin (used to treat epilepsy)
Tetracycline antibiotics (used to treat infections) such as doxycycline and

Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken/used any other
medicines including other vitamin or mineral products obtained without a
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Forceval Junior Capsules contain Vitamin A, check with your doctor, dietician
or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine during pregnancy.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine
whilst breast-feeding.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Forceval Junior
Forceval Junior Capsules contain soya bean oil. If you are allergic to peanut
or soya, do not take this medicinal product.
Forceval Junior Capsules contain iron, an overdose could be fatal in children
under 12 years.
Forceval Junior Capsules contain sorbitol. If you have been told by your
doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor
before taking this medicinal product.

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3. How to take Forceval Junior Capsules
Children 5 years and over: Two capsules per day or as prescribed by the
doctor. The capsules should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
Adults and elderly: Not recommended.
Do not take Forceval Junior Capsules on an empty stomach.
What to do if anyone takes more Forceval Junior Capsules than they
If you (or someone else) accidentally takes too many tablets, you should tell
your doctor at once or contact the nearest accident and emergency
department. Show any left over medicines or the empty packet to the doctor.
If you forget to take Forceval Junior Capsules
Do not worry. If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as possible, unless it
is almost time to take the next dose (within 1-2 hours). Do not take a double
dose. Then go on as before.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Forceval Junior Capsules may cause allergic reactions (such as rash), and
problems related to your stomach and intestines (such as feeling or being sick
and stomach pains).

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.

5. How to store Forceval Junior Capsules
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not give Forceval Junior Capsules after the expiry date which is stated on
the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month after EXP.
Do not store above 25ºC. Keep the blister in the outer carton in order to
protect from light.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask
your pharmacist on how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These
measures will help protect the environment.

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6. Further information
What is in Forceval Junior Capsules?
Vitamin D2, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C,
Vitamin E, Vitamin K1, Biotin, Nicotinamide, Pantothenic acid, Folic acid, Iron,
Copper, Magnesium, Zinc, Iodine, Manganese, Selenium, Chromium,
The other ingredients are Soya Bean Oil, Soya Lecithin, Hard Vegetable Fat
(Biscuitine 621), Purified Water, Gelatin, Glycerine, Black Iron Oxide Pigment
(E172), Red Iron Oxide Pigment (E172) and Sorbitol Solution 70% (E420).
What Forceval Junior Capsules look like and contents of the pack
Forceval Junior Capsules are small, brown, oval-shaped soft gelatin capsules
numbered “571” in white on one side. They come in cartons containing 30 or
60 capsules.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
The product licence holder is: Alliance Pharmaceuticals Limited, Avonbridge
House, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2BB, UK.
Forceval Junior Capsules are manufactured by: TD Packaging Ltd,
Stephenson Road, Groundwell Industrial Estate, Swindon, Wiltshire SN25
5AX, UK.
The information in this leaflet applies only to Forceval Junior Capsules. If you
have any questions or you are not sure about anything, ask your doctor.
This leaflet was last revised inJanuary 2013
1) Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom (1991),
2) Recommended Dietary Allowances 10th edition, (1989), Subcommittee on the 10th edition
of RDA’s. Food and Nutrition Board Commission of Life Sciences. National Research
3) Manual of Nutritional Therapeutics (1983). David H. Alpers, Ray E. Clouse, William F.
Stenson, Fourth Printing December 1986.
4) The Pharmacological basis of Therapeutics, 7th Edition (1985), Goodman and Gilman.

Forceval is a registered trademark of Alliance Pharmaceuticals Limited.
Alliance, Alliance Pharmaceuticals and associated devices are registered
© Alliance Pharmaceuticals Limited 2013.

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