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    Taking a B vitamin complex

    I had some blood work done recently, and my doctor says I'm anemic. He prescribed an iron supplement and a vitamin B complex. I was told to take 3xday. My question is, am I taking more B than I need?

    The %daily value for 1 pill is as follows
    dosage %Daily Value
    Thiamin (B1) 100mg 6,667%
    Riboflavin (B2) 100mg 5,882%
    Niacin 100mg 500%
    Vitamin B6 100mg 5,000%
    Folic Acid 400mcg 100%
    Vitamin B12 100mcg 1,667%
    Biotin 100mcg 33%
    Pantothenic Acid 100mg 1,000%
    PABA 100mg
    Inositol 100mg
    Choline Bitartrate 100mg
    Proprietary Blend 1mg

    With these high percentages, should I be taking 3/day? My urine looks like I ate a yellow HiLiter. My sister said that means I'm taking more than I need. I drink a lot of water during the day. I just wanted to ask here before asking my doctor. I don't want him to think I don't trust his diagnosis.

    If someone can help, I'd really appreciate it.

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    Is this the actual vitamin supplement prescribed by your physician, or did you pick it on your own? It sounds like a high-potency vitamin designed to be taken only once daily. Since the B complex vitamins are water soluable, you will excrete excess in your urine (they are not stored or conserved by your body like Vit A, D, E or K).

    I would send this list to your physician (can you fax it?) and ask them if this is what they intended.

    How much iron are you taking?


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    I'm not sure of the iron dosage. The box was thrown away. The order was called in to my pharmacy, and my pharmacist said they were both available otc. I went later to pick them up. I'll send the list to my doctor and see what he says. Thanks for your help.

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