Vitamins and Supplements

The use of vitamins and supplements has become increasingly common in recent years, and the Pharmacy Times® Vitamins and Supplements resource center provides clinical news and articles as more and more become available over the counter.

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A new study suggests that more than 80% of COVID-19 patients could be vitamin D deficient.
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The mother of an 8-month-old infant, LG, arrives at the pharmacy to pick up her daughter’s seizure medicine, levetiracetam (Keppra) in 100 mg per ml oral solution, with 60 mg given to LG twice daily.
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This tolerable upper intake level, or UL value, includes the intake of vitamin D from all sources, including supplements, normal dietary intake, and intake from food that has been fortified with vitamin D.
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IG, a 25-year-old female patient, approaches the pharmacy counter with an arm full of OTC products. She tells her pharmacist that she is there to pick up the antibiotic cephalexin for an upper respiratory infection.
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OTC supplements can be helpful, but ideally these microbes are obtained through the diet.
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Researchers found that the children of women with preeclampsia had higher systolic blood pressure on average.
 
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The findings come from the National Poll on Health Aging based at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation with support from AARP and Michigan Medicine.
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Pharmacists should be aware of the risk factors and signs of vitamin D deficiency to identify patients who would benefit the most from counseling and education.
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B-group vitamins may prevent concentration from worsening in those experiencing first episode psychosis. 
 
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One in 10 Americans are vitamin deficient. Chewing gum may help. 
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The researchers examined blood samples from 235 patients who were admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 to measure their vitamin D status.
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In 1989, more than 1500 young, healthy people started experiencing mysterious symptoms that included unusual skin rashes, muscle pains, dramatic eosinophilia, and tightening of the skin.