Geritol

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Generic Name: Geritol Brand Name(s): Geritol.

Uses

What is Geritol® (multivitamin with iron) used for?

Geritol® is commonly used for providing vitamins and iron that are not taken in through the diet. It is also used to treat iron or vitamin deficiencies caused by illness, pregnancy, poor nutrition, digestive disorders, and many other conditions.

How should I take Geritol® (multivitamin with iron)?

Use this medicine as directed on the label, or as your doctor has prescribed. Do not use the medicine in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Never take more than the recommended dose of multivitamins with iron. Avoid taking any other multivitamin product within 2 hours before or after you take multivitamins with iron. Taking similar vitamin products together at the same time can result in a vitamin overdose or serious side effects.

Many multivitamin products also contain minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Minerals (especially taken in large doses) can cause side effects such as tooth staining, increased urination, stomach bleeding, uneven heart rate, confusion, and muscle weakness or limp feeling. Read the label of any multivitamin product you take to make sure you are aware of what it contains.

You may take the medicine with food if it upsets your stomach.

The chewable tablet must be chewed or allowed to dissolve in the mouth before swallowing.

Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

Liquid or powder multivitamin may sometimes be mixed with water, fruit juice, or infant formula (but not milk or other dairy products). Follow the mixing directions on the medicine label.

Do not crush, chew, break, or open an extended-release capsule or tablet. Swallow it whole.

It is important to take multivitamins with iron regularly to get the most benefit.

How do I store Geritol® (multivitamin with iron)?

Geritol® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Geritol® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Geritol® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Geritol® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Geritol® (multivitamin with iron)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Geritol® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Iron and certain vitamins can cause serious or life-threatening side effects if taken in large doses. Do not take more of this medicine than directed on the label or prescribed by your doctor.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Geritol® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Geritol®. Geritol® is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Geritol® (multivitamin with iron)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

When taken as directed, multivitamins are not expected to cause serious side effects.

Call your doctor if you have:

  • Bright red blood in your stools
  • Pain in your chest or throat when swallowing a tablet

Common side effects may include:

  • Constipation, diarrhea
  • Nausea, vomiting, heartburn
  • Stomach pain, upset stomach
  • Black or dark-colored stools or urine
  • Temporary staining of the teeth
  • Headache
  • Unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Geritol® (multivitamin with iron)?

Geritol® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Geritol® (multivitamin with iron)?

Geritol® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Geritol® (multivitamin with iron)?

Geritol® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

 

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Geritol® (multivitamin with iron).

 

What is the dose of Geritol® (multivitamin with iron) for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Anemia

Tablets or capsules: 1 tablet orally once daily or as indicated by individual product directions.

Oral liquid: 5 to 15 mL orally once daily or as indicated by individual product directions.

What is the dose of Geritol® (multivitamin with iron) for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Anemia

Tablets: 1 tablet orally once daily or as indicated by the individual product directions.

Drops: 0.5 to 1 mL orally once daily or as indicated by the individual product directions.

Oral liquid (100 mg elemental iron): >= 12 yrs: 5 to 10 mL orally once daily or as indicated by the individual product directions.

How is Geritol® (multivitamin with iron) available?

Geritol® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet
  • Capsule
  • Drops
  • Oral liquid

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Geritol®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: September 8, 2017 | Last Modified: September 10, 2017

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