Q. Who should take Solo Multivitamin?
Men and postmenopausal women looking for a complete, daily multivitamin. Along with other important nutrients, Solo contains 50 mcg (2,000 IU) of vitamin D3 to promote a healthy vitamin D level.*
Q. What makes Solo Multivitamin different from most multivitamins?
Solo provides a full range of vitamins and minerals, however, it does not contain iron. Also, Solo contains 50 mcg (2,000 IU) of vitamin D3 which is a higher dose than typically found in multivitamins. For this reason, Solo is perfect for men and postmenopausal women looking for a comprehensive multivitamin.
Q. Can I take Solo with my other supplements?
Yes. Solo can be taken with many other supplements, including omega-3s, coenzyme Q10, calcium, cranberry, melatonin, PEA, inositol and glucosamine and chondroitin, as well as many others.
Q: Can I take Solo if I'm allergic to shellfish?
Yes. There is no shellfish in Solo. If you have reacted to radiocontrast material or antiseptics which contain iodine, you may still be able to safely take Solo even though it contains iodine. These reactions are commonly confused with sensitivity to iodine or shellfish, though studies have shown that they are not related.
Q. Does Solo interact with any prescription medications or other supplements?
Yes. Do not take any Solo supplements with other multivitamins. If you take a single-nutrient supplement (such as a vitamin D, vitamin C, etc), check your total intake from all supplements, including Solo, to ensure you do not take more than the safe upper limit of the nutrient.
Solo may also affect the absorption of certain prescription medications as follows:
Antibiotics: Certain nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and zinc can bind to antibiotics in the stomach and reduce their absorption and effectiveness. Depending on the antibiotic prescribed, you may need to separate taking any multivitamins from antibiotics by at least 2 to possibly 6 hours or discontinue taking a multivitamin while taking the antibiotic. Please discuss with your pharmacist and healthcare team to determine if you should stop taking your multivitamin for a short period of time.
Penicillamine (Cuprimine, Depen) – Separate by 2 hours
- Cephalexin (Keflex) – Take Solo 3 hours or more after taking this antibiotic
- Tetracycline antibiotics (doxycycline, minocycline, demeclocycline)- Separate by 4 hours
Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gemifloxacin (Factive), levofloxacin (Levaquin), Moxifloxacin (Avelox) – Separate by 6 hour
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) - This medication helps control cholesterol levels in the body. Taking it with Solo that contains 2,000 IU (50 mcg) of vitamin D may decrease the amount of atorvastatin absorbed by the body. Separate by a minimum of 2 hours
Captopril – This medication helps control blood pressure. Magnesium in Solo can affect absorption of this antihypertensive medication. Separate by 2 hours.
Digoxin (Lanoxin) – This medication helps the heart beat more strongly. Taking magnesium which is in Solo at the same time as this medication may decrease the absorption of this medication therefore decreasing the effectiveness. Separate by 2 hours. hours.
Dilantin (phenytoin) – This medication is an anti-epileptic drug used to control seizures. Calcium and magnesium in Solo can affect absorption of this antiepileptic medication. Separate by 2 hours.
Oral Bisphosphonates (i.e., alendronate (Fosamax), etidronate (Didronel), risedronate (Actonel), ibandronate (Boniva), tiludronate (Skelid)) – These medications alter bone formation and breakdown in the body, slowing down bone loss and helping to prevent bone fractures. Taking magnesium or calcium along these medications can decrease how much bisphosphate the body absorbs. Separate by 2 hours.
Sotalol (Betapace) – This medication helps the heart beat normally in people with certain heart rhythm disorders. Calcium and magnesium in Solo can affect absorption of this antiarrhythmic medication. Separate by at least 2 hours.
Thiazide diuretics (aka: water pills) – These medications are used to treat high blood pressure, congestive heart failure as well as the accumulation of fluid and swelling (edema) in the body. These medications also increase the amount of calcium in the body. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. Taking Solo that contains 2,000 IU (50 mcg) vitamin D along with these medications may cause too much calcium in the body.
Thyroid hormone (levothyroxine, Synthroid) - This medication is used to treat an underactive thyroid gland. Calcium and magnesium in Solo can reduce the absorption of these thyroid hormone medications. Separate by at least 4 hours. Please discuss with your pharmacist and or healthcare team to determine if you should take multivitamins that contain vitamin D if you take any of these medications:
Coumadin (Warfarin) – Studies sound that low-dose vitamin K (100 mcg) is unlikely to affect INR and may actually help stabilized INR level. Solo contains only 80 mcg of vitamin K and should be safe to take.
Medications that are changed by the liver Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP34) substrates - CYP34 are important enzymes in your body, mainly found in the liver to break down medications in the body. Vitamin D may increase how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking Solo that contains 50 mcg (2,000 IU) vitamin D along with some medications may decrease the effectiveness of some medications. Before taking Solo, talk to your healthcare provider to determine if you are taking medications that are changed by the liver, for example, lovastatin, clarithromycin, estrogens, and others.
If you still have questions about Solo, please visit the general FAQ page.
Feel free to reach out to the Nutrition Department by phone at (888) 899-3899 ext. 2 or by email here.