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Multivitamins cause dry mouth.

 
 
RexRed
 
Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2011 07:44 pm
It is inconceivable that you take a multivitamin in good faith and it wrecks havoc on your health in such a profound way but that is the case. I "was" taking a Centrum multivitamin once a day as suggested on the back label and I was waking up with dry mouth so sever I could not even swallow. My skin was getting scaly, my eyes burning and my feet were so dry they begin to develop calluses and crack. I stopped my vitamin and it is now gone. WHAT IS UP CENTRUM? It is not just Centrum but any type of multivitamin causes this.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090805172304AAYyd9m

If you search the internet for "dry mouth and multivitamin" you get this idiot named "Jade M" on Google answers that replies that it is "not likely" that a multivitamin is causing this dryness of nearly every cell in the body. Sorry to say Jade M whoever you are but you are WRONG... If you don't know what you are talking about you shouldn't be doling out incorrect information in an online medical forum.

My sister is a nurse at a veterans hospital and she complained to her doctor that she was getting dry mouth. He told her that it was her multivitamin and she cut down her intake of the multivitamin and her dry mouth left completely.

A friend of mine who takes many medications for his heart just came up to me and told me he was getting terrible dry mouth at night and reduced his multivitamin to only a few times a week and now no more dry mouth. In other words if you follow the directions on the back label of your vitamins they will start slowly killing you.

Don't expect Paul G. Donohue M.D.to help you either.

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090313/LIFE/903130301

Restoring moisture to a dry mouth
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 75-year-old woman in very good health. My problem is a dry mouth. A doctor told me that it comes from medicines, but the only thing I take is a multivitamin. On waking in the morning, my tongue is pasted to the roof of the mouth and my teeth. My mouth gets so dry, it affects my speech. I have tried mouthwashes and sprays, but they last only a few minutes. Can you help me?

— L.F.

Excerpt of Donohue's reply:
"Many medicines dry the mouth. Anticholinergics like Robinul, atropine and scopolamine (the patch used to prevent seasickness), Pamelor and other antidepressants, beta blockers, diuretics and calcium channel blockers are the chief offenders. You take none of these. Your multivitamin isn't the cause."

Comment: That is a lot of hodgepodge but... SORRY TO SAY err, Donohue but you are also, WRONG!

He basically dismisses this elderly persons claim then tries to get her to take corrective medications. How typical...

I get dry mouth too plus my skin gets dry and scaly and when I stop my multivitamin it immediately goes away.

Now this is four completely unrelated people all coming to the exact same conclusion.

Not only can we not trust the general consensus on the internet but we cannot trust people who have PHD credentials giving their advice online. What do we have to dry up and die before we finally figure out what ails us? When my sister told this to me I did not really give it much thought.

Then I permanently lost 10% of my eyesight due to dry eyes. Then my mouth chronically became dry, skin kept piling up on my feet that I couldn't sand it off fast enough to keep up with it, the skin on my hands became scaly and my lips kept cracking and my tongue felt like it had pins and needles poking into it.

I stop the multivitamin and my mouth symptoms are gone, sadly my eyesight is still damaged. I should have just listened to my sister rather than err, Jade M. My doctor was even prescribing fish oil supplements to correct the dry skin problem which could not even put a dent in the problems being caused by my multivitamin.

I don't consume a lot of salt in my diet and I am on no other medications or drugs whatsoever. If you are experiencing dry mouth and take a multivitamin stop the vitamin immediately before you ruin your health irreversibly.

Take it only a few times a week, if that, and you will realize the vitamins cause this. I was also told by a pharmacist that other than the antioxidants, a person gets what they need from their diet of most minerals and do not require a multivitamin at all.

So a strictly antioxidant formula is all that is required minus the multivitamin minerals.

Please weigh in on this, sorry I am upset about this but I am also troubled now by internet advice that is clearly WRONG about this issue and no telling how many others.

Tinnitus, vision loss, global cellular degeneration, moisture loss, and even constipation are all caused by general use of multivitamins. Also if you are feeding your children multivitamins you should be highly cautious of this too. Even children should only be given a multivitamin a few times a week and not every day. They should be explained the dangers of regular use of vitamins (in other words following the prescribed dosage).

Take it from me who has experienced this first hand, my sister who is a nurse, my friend taking many meds whose dry mouth stopped the very day he cut down on his multivitamin and L.F who was incorrectly advised by, err, Donehue.

It is a sad commentary that people have to collectively learn this on their own and that doctors, health specialists and the internet are so out of the loop. Consider that vitamin waters and health food drinks on top of a multivitamin only compound this problem.

I forget what my sister said was causing this, I seem to recall zinc, but I may be wrong about that. I have to ask her again. Consider if it is visibly destroying your skin it is also destroying your major organs too.

Please comment and offer any further advice on this subject.

Thanks
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RexRed
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2011 08:26 pm
I might add that this is not an attack on supplements, minerals etc.. It is an attack on multivitamins. Vitamin D is critical to maintaining general health and well being as are many of the other vitamins and minerals in a multivitamin.

I find it is better to take individual vitamins rather than them all in one pill.

For instance I was on 10,o000 IU a day of vitamin D and it took almost three years to bring my vitamin D level up from 20% to 55%. A multivitamin only has 250 IU of vitamin D. I would be probably dead had I relied on my multivitamin for vitamin D.

10,000 IU of vitamin D is nearly 7 times the size of a multivitamin.

My three omega 3 pills are at least twice the size of my multivitamin. A multivitamin does not contain all of the daily supplements and antioxidants needed by the body, as stated above, and contains vitamins that far exceed daily value too.

I might also add that drying out the skin makes it become a host to many deadly bacterial, fungi and viral skin infections. The natural oils and moisture of the skin protect the skin from penetration by external pathogens.
boomerang
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2011 09:16 pm
Interesting.

I just started on a new kind of multivitamin and my body's been all kinds of crazy.

I used to just take specific vitamins but that got expensive and elaborate and I was missing some things so I switched to a multi.

The multi has calcium and I know from previous experience that calcium tears my stomach up. I'm getting older and I know that I need some calcium though.

I don't have dry mouth but I agree that multivitamins can have unintended consequences.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 29 Apr, 2011 04:41 am
I have been taking high potency multivitamins for almost twenty years. I have not know any side effects. One thing, though is to not have certain foods too close to the time of the taking, because certain ones can interact. For instance, I am taking something now that advises to not take regular vitamin C for an hour on either side of taking that product. It suggests discontinuing the 12 hour release of Vitamin C for as long as that product is being used. I have to constantly make such comparisons to make sure it all works.
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RexRed
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2011 04:05 pm
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43429680/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/
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RexRed
 
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Reply Thu 30 Jun, 2011 01:43 am
I found out the culprit in my multivitamin was vitamin A... I was getting too much of it. I was also getting vitamin A in my cod liver oil tablets. My skin on my hands was getting scaly. I cut down on the cod liver oil tablets and my skin returned to normal. Vitamin A seems to be an easy thing to overdose on.
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jespah
 
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Reply Thu 30 Jun, 2011 06:37 am
Huh, interesting. These days I brush with Biotene (and use its mouthwash) for dry mouth. Have been doing the multi-vit thing for a few years now, since I started seriously dieting. Hmm. Thank you - something to ask my doc about the next time I see her.
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RexRed
 
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Reply Fri 1 Jul, 2011 12:24 am
RexRed is shifting into a reptile! Smile
jespah
 
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Reply Fri 1 Jul, 2011 04:59 am
@RexRed,
Do you enjoy, sunshine, raw meat and laying eggs in sand? If so, the process has probably already begun.
RexRed
 
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Reply Sat 2 Jul, 2011 08:55 pm
@jespah,
jespah wrote:

Do you enjoy, sunshine, raw meat and laying eggs in sand? If so, the process has probably already begun.
All of the above Smile
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RexRed
 
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Reply Mon 10 Oct, 2011 02:43 pm
Here ya go, I told you all something was up Smile

http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/10/8256866-some-common-vitamin-supplements-could-increase-death-risk-study-finds
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Shaklee Sheila
 
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Reply Sat 21 Jan, 2012 06:21 am
@RexRed,
I take supplements. And have dry mouth... It's a good thing because it reminds you to drink water... So listen to your body... I hope you are taken a good brand with clinical studies to back them up... You can go to consumer.com and find out if the ones you are taking are approved..
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whisperingsage
 
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Reply Mon 12 Mar, 2012 04:12 am
I am on very high dose vitamin C, besides my green multiple, that is very concentrated compared top wimpy Centrum. I never had dry mouth until this high dose of C, so I am assuming it is the C. I use it as an antihistamine to control my IBS. I have overactive mast cells that start pulling water into my gut when i run out of C and Magnesium (this I think was caused by taking a round of vaccines in 2003, and the studies I found online confirm that mercury in the adjuvants often do cause increased histamine production). So I am on 4000-6000mg of C 4X daily and 400-600 mg Magnesium 4 x Daily. This is a lot, but I have learned it does control my bowels. The normal person would get colon blow from these doses, and it firms me up to normal. This is ultimately an adrenal issue, as the adrenals are throwing out huge amounts of electrolytes and I am sure other stuff, so until I realized this I was in constant loose bowels losing my nutrients.
But it HAS caused dry mouth. Yuck. I don't think it is as bad as some I have read here.
RexRed
 
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Reply Mon 12 Mar, 2012 04:07 pm
@whisperingsage,
whisperingsage wrote:

I am on very high dose vitamin C, besides my green multiple, that is very concentrated compared top wimpy Centrum. I never had dry mouth until this high dose of C, so I am assuming it is the C. I use it as an antihistamine to control my IBS. I have overactive mast cells that start pulling water into my gut when i run out of C and Magnesium (this I think was caused by taking a round of vaccines in 2003, and the studies I found online confirm that mercury in the adjuvants often do cause increased histamine production). So I am on 4000-6000mg of C 4X daily and 400-600 mg Magnesium 4 x Daily. This is a lot, but I have learned it does control my bowels. The normal person would get colon blow from these doses, and it firms me up to normal. This is ultimately an adrenal issue, as the adrenals are throwing out huge amounts of electrolytes and I am sure other stuff, so until I realized this I was in constant loose bowels losing my nutrients.

But it HAS caused dry mouth. Yuck. I don't think it is as bad as some I have read here.


I would look more to the metals in the multivitamin that can build up in your body over time. Too much daily C is not good either but your dry mouth is more likely caused by the multivitamin. Stop the multivitamin for a week and keep up the C and let us know if your condition gets better. Thx. Smile
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RexRed
 
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Reply Sat 17 Mar, 2012 10:36 am
Dangers of vitamins and supplements

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/46769087#46769087
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prismb
 
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Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2012 09:10 am
@RexRed,
Dude, stop taking a multi vitamin, go to health food store and buy something that is good or google new life extensions and call a licensed dr. and speak with them about this. Millions of people take multis and don't have dry mouth. Your problem is cheap vitamins.
RexRed
 
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Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2012 10:11 am
@prismb,
prismb wrote:

Dude, stop taking a multi vitamin, go to health food store and buy something that is good or google new life extensions and call a licensed dr. and speak with them about this. Millions of people take multis and don't have dry mouth. Your problem is cheap vitamins.
Are you a doctor?
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Bootski
 
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Reply Sun 27 Oct, 2013 01:53 pm
@prismb,
Agree with you 100%
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missy12345
 
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Reply Sun 3 Nov, 2013 08:23 am
@RexRed,
I take a whole host of vitimans and have never experienced dry month. However, about 2 weeks ago I added zinc to my daily vitiman intake and have been waking up several times at night with severe dry month. Last night I was up for 2 hours drinking, which really doesnt help. Glad I ran across your information. I'm guessing that I dont need additional zinc and will stop taking as of today. Will follow up and let you know. Just drank some cayenne pepper with lemon and water. Really helps with dry month
Brandon9000
 
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Reply Sun 3 Nov, 2013 08:33 am
I took Centrum for awhile and felt nothing.
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