Zevit, is it safe? Uses, side-effects, dosage

What is Zevit?

Zevit is a branded oral multivitamin supplement product. It is a combination of different variants of vitamin B-complex (including folic, biotin acid and vitamin B12 ), vitamin C, Zinc and some other minerals. It is manufactured by Glaxo Smithkline Pharmaceuticals Limited and is available in the packaging of 30 capsules per strip .

  1. What is the generic name(s)?
  2. How does it work ?
  3. What are it’s uses ?
  4. How effective is this medicine ?
  5. What are the Side Effects ?
  6. Is this medicine addictive?
  7. What if I miss the dose of this medicine ?
  8. Can I drive after taking this medicine ?
  9. Can this medicine be taken on an empty stomach ?
  10. Can I take this medicine with alcohol ?
  11. What is the Dosage ?
  12. What are the precautions I need to take ?
  13. Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?
  14. Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
  15. Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?
  16. Is Zevit available as an over the counter (OTC) product?
  17. Frequently asked questions
  18. Reference
Zevit - uses, side-effects, dosage

Zevit – uses, side-effects, dosage


What is the generic name (s)?

Zevit capsule is composed of a number of vitamins and minerals. Their names and compositions in each capsule are being listed below :

  • Biotin (Vitamin B7)                 ——    100 mcg
  • Calicium Pantothenate         ——     50 mg
  • Folic acid (Vitamin B9)           ——    1500 mcg
  • Elemental Zinc                        ——    15 mg
  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)     ——    100 mg
  • Thiamine (Vitamin B1)           ——    10 mg
  • Cobalamin (Vitamin B12)      ——    15 mcg
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)          ——    10 mg
  • Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)         ——    3 mg
  • L–ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)   ——    150 mg
  • Vitamin E                                  ——    15 mg

How does it work ?

Vitamin B complex works towards the restoration of normalcy in various metabolic functions. Different types of vitamin act in their specific case, like the water soluble vitamins help in the metabolism of Carbohydrates, alcohol and branched chain amino acids. Folic acid works for nucleoprotein synthesis and normal erythropoiesis.

Vitamin C plays a vital role in collagen formation and in the repairing of tissue in the body. It is needed sometimes for some oxidation-reduction reactions also, apart from its major functions of synthesizing of proteins & lipids, maintaining the integrity of the blood vessels & proper utilization of carbohydrates.

Elemental Calcium is a very important mineral required in our body. It is required in functioning of cells, muscles, nerves and bones. If the level of calcium is some how reduced in the body, the body will acquire calcium from bones and continue normal functions. This acquisition of calcium can weaken the bones and increase risk of bone disorders and Fractures.

Zinc also play a vital role in synthesis of the nucleic acids and nucleoproteins. Zinc also affects the growth of tissues and damage repair in tissues.

Vitamin E is a natural moisturizer and it treats sunburns. It can also decrease pigmentation and reduce sign of aging from skin.

The capsule enhances the cellular oxidation and the synthesis of fatty acids in myelin and DNA.

What are it’s uses ?

Vitamin deficiencies may be associated with restricted diets, improper food intake, decreased absorption and prolonged stress, infections or chronic fevers, following burns and trauma. Vitamin supplements may be necessary for those on unusual diets, on reducing diets with drastically reduced food selection and also for those with inadequate diets, such as alcoholics, the elderly, those with diabetes mellitus, hepatobiliary tract disease, those recovering from surgery and in convalescence.

Zevit capsule is a multi-vitamin supplement mainly utilized therapeutically as nutritional support in various cases of deficiency of vitamin B complex , folic acid and vitamin C. It is also helpful in managing anemia, tumor in pancreas, in cases of peripheral nervous system’s nerve damage , neuropathy and other psychiatric problems.

How effective is this medicine ?

Zevit is a very effective for all the conditions mentioned above. It is one of the best multi-vitamin formula available. For best results it should be taken under medical supervision in terms of dosage and duration of intake after due consultation with a doctor.

What are the Side Effects ?

Below are the common side effects that can occur from Zevit medication. Please consult a doctor if you observe any of these side effects:

  • Bronchospasm, Difficult breathing, Worsening Asthma
  • Bitterness of mouth
  • Gastrointestinal problems, Flatulence
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Allergic rejection
  • Bloating, stomach pain
  • Nausea, Anxiety
  • Persistent itchy rashes on skin
  • Cold like symptoms, shivering
  • Insomnia, Sleeping disturbances
  • Dark or green stool

Is Zevit addictive?

Habit forming tendencies for this medicine has not been reported. Most medicines don’t come with a potential for addiction. Government  also categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Finally,  do not self-medicate and increase your body’s dependence to medicines without taking the advice of a doctor.

What if I miss the dose of Zevit?

Use the missed dose as soon as you notice. If the time is already close to the next dose,  skip the missed dose and continue your dosing schedule. Do not use overdose to make up the missed dose as it may cause serious side effects.  If you are routinely missing the  doses, try to use an alarm or asking a family member or friend to remind you. Please consult your doctor to discuss modifications in your dosing schedule or a new schedule to make up for missed doses.

Can I drive after taking Zevit?

It is not safe to drive after taking this medicine if you experience dizziness or headache as side effects. One should not drive a vehicle if using the medicine makes drowsy, dizzy or reduces your blood-pressure. Please check for these conditions on your body while using this medicine.

Can Zevit be taken on an empty stomach ?

This medicine should be taken after food. Please follow your doctor’s advice on how you to use this medicine.

Can I take Zevit  with alcohol ?

This medicine should not be taken while having alcohol. Alcohol intake with medicine may intensify drowsiness.It is better to consult your doctor before consumption of this medicine. Pharmacists also suggest not to take alcohol while using this medicine.

What is the Dosage ?

Despite this oral capsule being an over the counter product, regarding the dosage of Zevit capsule please consult with a doctor as it will depend on the condition for which it has to be administered.For best results take it for the duration suggested by the doctor.

Capsule - dosage

Capsule – dosage

What are the precautions I need to take ?

One should take following precaution before taking Zevit capsule:

  1. Do not consume alcohol during this medication
  2. Do not use this medicine while receiving Kidney dialysis
  3. Drink plenty of liquid
  4. If you have sinus congestion
  5. Avoid Smoking
  6. Take precaution if you are Pregnant
  7. Take precaution if you are Breast feeding
  8. If the patient is an elderly person
  9. Patient has a history of kidney problems
  10. Patient has a history of liver problems
  11. If you are allergic to any of the component of this capsule
  12. if you are allergic to elemental Zinc and calcium (Oral)

It must not be substituted for folic acid or any other individual component. It is also advised to monitor the effect of this capsule by doing regular blood tests.

Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?

Yes, it is safe to take in the recommended dosage if one is pregnant & there are no reports of any problems occurring. Though no studies have been conducted on humans and animals to find out any problems which might occur on having this capsule during pregnancy.

Folic acid, Vitamin E and Vitamin C can be beneficial to pregnant women but Elemental Zinc and Calcium may harm the fetus. Please consult with a gynecologist  before starting this capsule.

Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?

Yes, it is safe to take in the recommended dosage if one is breast feeding & there are no reports of any problems occurring. Please consult with your doctor before starting this capsule.

Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?

Yes, this can be given to growing children under medical supervision. It is not advised to administer it to infants as it is an oral capsule and taking it can be harmful and dangerous for the infant. Please consult with your doctor to better understand about this capsule.


Zevit

Zevit

Is Zevit available as an over the counter (OTC) product?

Yes, Zevit is readily available as an over the counter or OTC product.

Frequently asked questions

How to store this capsule?
This has to be stored in a cool and dry place, preferably below 30 degree Celsius. Keep it protected from light. Please discard it post the expiry date.

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