- Doctors in Pune have noticed that many people are taking multivitamin tablets doctor’s prescription.
- Unmonitored intake of such tablets can be harmful to health
Dr Ramesh Bhosale, Gynaecologist from Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) said, “Excess intake of these tablets is not good for health and people these days have been found to take it without consulting doctors for advice. Excess intake of vitamin A can damage liver, can cause osteoporosis and can lead to skeleton development problems in children. Excess vitamin E interferes in functioning of vitamin A, which then affects blood clotting. Water soluble vitamins like vitamin C if taken in large quantity can cause abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and kidney stones.”
“One must take these pills only with doctor’s advice. These are the minerals and people should understand that if they are in excess, the body cannot deal with it,” he added.
Dr Abhijit Lodha, a General Physician from Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune, said, “Nowadays, there is trend of taking vitamin D and B 12 supplements. But, excess vitamin D can cause headache and also hair loss in some cases. Biotin if taken in excess, then it affects thyroid tests and tests results come abnormal.”
Dr Minish Jain, Oncologist from Pune, said, “Many people these days are taking multivitamin tablets without any consultation with a doctor. People should focus on eating healthy and should not take any tablets without the advice of doctors. Chronic intake of high doses of vitamin D can lead to a loss of bone density, calcium deposition in the kidneys and muscle pain. The body suffers a lot if one takes fat soluble vitamins in excess.”