9.6.7 Multivitamins

ChoiceDrug
First choiceAdvise patient to purchase an OTC once-a-day multivitamin and mineral preparation

Prescribing Notes

  • All prescribing of vitamins and minerals should be in line with an ACBS approved indication i.e. only in the management of actual or potential vitamin or mineral deficiency; they are not to be prescribed as dietary supplements or as a general ‘pick-me-up’.
  • Where there is concern that diet is not meeting nutritional needs patients or carers should be advised to purchase an OTC once-a-day multivitamin and mineral preparation. A wide range of complete multivitamin preparations are available OTC at low cost.
  • The only licensed complete oral multivitamin and mineral supplement is Forceval. Ketovite tablets and Vitamins Capsules BPC are not complete oral multivitamin and mineral supplements.
  • If a nutritionally complete sip feed is necessary, and is being prescribed and taken in a therapeutic dose i.e. twice daily, it is unlikely that a multivitamin/ mineral preparation will be required in addition.
  • There is no evidence to support the use of bitters and tonics.