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Generic Name: Vitamin B Complex/Vitamin C/Biotin/Folic Acid (VYE-ta-min/BYE-oh-tin/FOE-lik AS-id)
Brand Name: Examples include: Diatex and Folbee Plus

Diatex is used for:

A dietary supplement for certain patients with high blood levels of homocysteine or kidney failure, or those who are on dialysis or do not receive the proper amount of vitamins from their diet. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Diatex is a vitamin and folic acid combination. It works by providing vitamins and folic acid to the body to help meet nutritional requirements.

Do NOT use Diatex if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Diatex

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Diatex :

Some medical conditions may interact with Diatex . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have anemia (eg, pernicious anemia)
  • if you are receiving dialysis

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Diatex . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Hydantoins (eg, phenytoin) or levodopa because their effectiveness may be decreased by Diatex

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Diatex may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Diatex :

Use Diatex as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Diatex may be taken with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • If you miss a dose of Diatex , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Diatex .

Important safety information:

  • Diatex may cause drowsiness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Diatex with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do not take large doses of vitamins (megadoses or megavitamin therapy) while you use Diatex unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Diatex contains pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and folic acid. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has pyridoxine or folic acid in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Diatex may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Diatex .
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Diatex while you are pregnant. It is not known if Diatex is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Diatex , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Diatex :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Drowsiness; headache; mild diarrhea; nausea.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); feeling of swelling of the entire body; numbness or tingling of the skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Diatex :

Store Diatex at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Diatex out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Diatex , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Diatex is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Diatex . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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