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Multivitamin to help tiredness?
Apr 7, 2001

Dr. I am positive for 5years and have recently changed from taking viracept to viramune in my combination therapy. I noticed that I was becoming somewhat tired and sluggish and had little energy so I started taking a multivitamin. I then read that B-12 can cause anemia and now I'm wondering if I should stop taking the multivitamin since B-12 is in the vitamin?

Response from Dr. Frascino


Hope you didn't read that on this site! If so, time to visit the optometrist and check the prescription on your reading glasses. Actually, B12 doesn't cause anemia; the lack of B12 can. If someone is deficient in B12, anemia can result and the treatment would be to give supplemental B12. So, Vitamin B12 can be a treatment not the cause of a certain type of anemia. Don't stop taking your vitamins, OK?

If your fatigue is continuing, common causes should be investigated. These include:

* Lack of adequate rest, diet, exercise * Medication side effects * Anemia * Depression/anxiety * Hormone problems, such as low thyroid or testosterone (if you are a man) * Infections

Hope this clarifies.


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