Many people take vitamin supplements to give them added nutrients. One particular vitamin formulation that may be prescribed by your physician is Poly-Vi-Sol, which is commonly prescribed for infants and children, although it can be prescribed for any age. There are also two types of Poly-Vi-Sol, one with iron and one without. Depending on your needs, your doctor will know which one is best for you. Even though it contains vitamins, there is still the potential risk for side effects. It is best to know what possible side effects you or your child could encounter before you start the use of this product.
Poly-Vi-Sol comes with or without iron, and both forms have the potential to cause upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, headache and a bad aftertaste. If you are being tested for vitamin B-12 deficiency, the presence of folic acid in Poly-Vi-Sol may alter the results of your test and you need to inform your doctor if you are consuming it. Poly-Vi-Sol may also contain aspartame, which may increase your risk of diarrhea and stomach upset if you are sensitive to aspartame or have a condition known as phenylketonuria.
Iron-Induced Side Effects
Poly-Vi-Sol with iron has the potential to cause constipation. For some people, there is also the possibility of a serious reaction. This type of reaction is considered an emergency and should be treated right away. Signs of serious side effects include rash, trouble breathing, itching, swelling and severe dizziness. A 1-milliliter dose of Poly-Vi-Sol with iron contains 10 milligrams of iron, which is more than 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of 8 milligrams per day for adult men and for women over 50. If you are a woman between the ages of 18 and 50, your recommended iron intake from all sources is 18 milligrams. The tolerable upper daily limit of iron, before you should start seeing side effects, is 45 milligrams per day, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Only take Poly-Vi-Sol with iron if it is recommended by your physician.
Possible Drug Interactions
All medications, including vitamins, have the potential to interact with other medications. Poly-Vi-Sol with iron, especially, has the potential of reacting with certain medications, such as diuretics, heart and blood pressure medications, tretinoin, isotretinoin, sulfa medications, NSAIDs and ketoprofen, among many others.
Points to Consider
If your doctor prescribes Poly-Vi-Sol as a nutritional supplement, you should not take other forms of vitamins. Taking more than one type of vitamin can cause an overdose and serious reactions. Never take more than what your doctor prescribes for you. Take the vitamin with a full glass of water, or mix the liquid form of the vitamin with a juice or other beverage. Do not chew vitamins that are intended to be swallow whole, and always chew the chewable vitamins rather than swallowing them.
Warnings and Precautions
Never take this vitamin with other calcium or calcium-containing products such as milk and dairy products. This could make it harder for your body to absorb the other vitamins in the product.