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Glades Recall Of Multivitamin Over High Amounts Of Vitamin D3

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The attention of the Agency has been brought to the voluntary recall of Multivitamin capsules produced by Glades Drug in Pahokee, Florida. The recalled multivitamin capsule contains high amounts of Cholecalciferol.

Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) is useful in maintaining bone and teeth integrity hence it is administered in treatment of osteoporosis, osteomalacia, rheumatoid arthritis and tooth or gum disease. It is also given to prevent fractures and low calcium levels in people with kidney failure and used in the prevention and treatment of rickets – a disease which results from Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is used in the management of high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. It also boosts the immune system and aids the prevention of autoimmune diseases such as cancer.

Administration of high doses of the drug could lead to Vitamin D toxicity which may be severe and lead to life threatening outcomes if left untreated. Vitamin D toxicity which often occurs as a result of hypercalemia presents as confusion, increased urination, increased thirst, loss of appetite, vomiting and increased muscle weakness. Long term toxicity may cause kidney failure, increased calcium deposits in the blood and soft tissue, bone demineralization and pains.

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