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DAMMIT. [Dec. 4th, 2006|09:12 pm]
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Here I thought I would be all virtuous and start on a multivitamin a week before beginning my new job, to see if it would help my general level of energy. I even conferred with the pharmacist at Walgreen's to pick out one that would have what I needed.

So this afternoon I took my first one, and as I was swallowing it, I happened to read on the back of the box:

"Contains: Fish (cod, pollock, hake, cusk, redfish) and soy."

This was in the tiniest little letters you can imagine, squeezed between the ingredients list (which lists nothing identifiable as a fish product) and the large-lettered "WARNING" regarding children overdosing on iron-containing products.

I have a fish/seafood allergy. A scary, anaphylactic-style fish/seafood allergy. The kind you can die from. Haven't had a reaction since I was little, but still. Now, I happen to know I have come in oral contact with small amounts of fish in the past without ill effects, though I haven't swallowed any. But I don't take risks and I'm pretty good at identifying stuff before I put it in my mouth. You'd think I would know by now to read the WHOLE label of anything I'm going to eat!

When you think about it, how much fish can actually be in a One-A-Day multivitamin pill? If even half the nutrients have fish-related origins (and I'm sure it's less than that), that's still not much fish content. I'm not overly worried. But I don't think I still have an epi-pen in case of reaction. So...it's a bit of a gamble.

Also, I now have 119 One-A-Day Women's multivitamins I can't use. Anyone want them? I don't know what I'll take instead. There are quite a few vegetarian options out there (the easiest way to avoid fish products in food supplements being to avoid animal products, period) but the ones I've tried give me tummy upset. Maybe I'll go back to Flintstones...!

[User Picture]From: dwer
2006-12-31 09:28 pm (UTC)
if you don't have a reaction, why are you worried? Will the product build up in your bloodstream or something?
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2006-12-31 10:51 pm (UTC)
On writing this, I had JUST taken one of the multivitamins, like two minutes earlier. Also, the reaction isn't always instantaneous; there are cases of people dying in their sleep from a reaction to something they were exposed to during the day. (Rare, but even so.) And I would also think that it would take a little while for a pill to dissolve.

Proteins? I'm not sure whether that applies to fish allergies...I know reactions can get worse and quicker if you have them a lot, but I haven't had one in 32 years. And I know latex proteins can build up so that over the course of many exposures, you can sort of slide into having an allergy.

In any case I'm not taking any more of these multivitamins, so my concern was with the immediate future (who wants to spend New Year's Eve in the ER?) rather than problems over time.
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[User Picture]From: caoilfhionn
2007-01-01 02:35 am (UTC)
I take that kind, so I'll take them off your hands if you like. They're nasty horse-pills. Flintstones at least don't choke you!

*crosses her fingers for you* Would drinking water perhaps flush it faster?
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[User Picture]From: kontzel
2007-01-01 02:47 am (UTC)
I know you are always really careful on it, so with any luck the very small amount of fish product in it should work it's way through your system without any issue.

Sidenote: Don't blame you for getting the pharmacist to help you pick something out. I was going to pick out a multivitamin once, and was *beyond* overwhelmed. ;)
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[User Picture]From: alienorh
2007-01-02 04:29 am (UTC)
I take a vegetarian one from the Community Pharmacy called "Special One" it is vegetarian.
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[User Picture]From: beckmumble
2007-01-02 12:53 pm (UTC)

Yikes..... I never noticed the fish ingredients either

You still doing ok?
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[User Picture]From: thebronwen
2007-01-02 06:59 pm (UTC)
Nothing wrong with Flintstones. I get an upset stomach from most vitamins so I take kid's vitamins. I really do prefer the One-a-Day for kids, though- they taste better and seem to adress the bodily needs more efficiently (i.e., a longer list of different vitamins contained in the pill.)

Scooby Doo ones work, too. :)
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[User Picture]From: relativelylucid
2007-01-14 05:09 am (UTC)
I like the new gummy ones. They're neat!
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[User Picture]From: relativelylucid
2007-01-14 05:09 am (UTC)
But I'm out currently so I can't check for fish related ingredients.
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