NZ Formulary


What does it do?

Multivitamins contain retinol (vitamin A), thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), nicotinamide (vitamin B3), ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and colecalciferol (vitamin D). They are used to increase the amount of these vitamins in your body.

Before you start

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

How should you take it?

Take multivitamins regularly as directed with a glass of water.

What if you forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with multivitamins including:

  • supplements that also contain vitamins A, B, C or D (e.g. Clinicians Sunshine Vitamin D3®, Thompson’s Vitamin A 10,000®)

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Multivitamins are unlikely to cause any side effects. If you notice any symptoms you are concerned about, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Multivitamins may turn your pee bright yellow – this is common and is nothing to worry about.