1. What Forceval Junior Capsules are and what they are taken for
Forceval Junior Capsules are a multivitamin and mineral supplement. They contain a combination of 22 essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
The human body requires a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and trace elements to perform crucial daily tasks such as releasing energy from food and repairing cell damage. During certain illnesses, your body either cannot get or cannot efficiently use all of the vitamins, minerals and trace elements it needs.
Your doctor, dietician or pharmacist will give you Forceval Junior Capsules if your diet has not provided you with enough vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
Each capsule contains the following 22 essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements, each of which plays a vital role in the efficient daily maintenance of many body processes:
There are 13 vitamins in Forceval Junior Capsules:
Vitamin A (as β-Carotene) 1250 iu (Retinol Equivalent) (375 micrograms)
Vitamin D2 200 iu (5 micrograms)
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 1.5 mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1.0 mg
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 1.0 mg
Vitamin B12 2.0 micrograms
Vitamin C 25 mg
Vitamin E 5 mg
Vitamin K1 25 micrograms
Biotin 50 micrograms
Nicotinamide 7.5 mg
Pantothenic acid 2 mg
Folic acid 100 micrograms
There are 9 minerals and trace elements in Forceval Junior Capsules:
Iron 5 mg
Copper 1 mg
Magnesium 1 mg
Zinc 5 mg
Iodine 75 micrograms
Manganese 1.25 mg
Selenium 25 micrograms
Chromium 50 micrograms
Molybdenum 50 micrograms
The functions of the vitamins found in Forceval Junior Capsules are:1,2,3,4
Vitamin A (β-Carotene): Is essential for growth, maintenance of skin and mucous membranes such as the linings of the mouth, nose, lungs, digestive system, colon and for vision, particularly at night
Vitamin D2: Vitamin D2 helps the body absorb calcium, potassium and phosphorous, all of which are vital for healthy bones and teeth
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): Is involved in the proper functioning of the heart muscles and for the release of energy from protein, fat and carbohydrate, needed for growth, normal appetite and digestion. Thiamin has also been shown to play a vital role in the normal functioning of the nervous system
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Vitamin B2 plays a key role in energy metabolism, and is required for the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Vitamin B6 helps protein metabolism, along with the maintenance of the nervous and immune systems
Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 is often called the 'red vitamin' because it is required for regulating blood cells
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that plays an important role in maintaining the health of our cells, blood vessels and our resistance to infection. Vitamin C also helps bones, teeth, gums, skin and assists the absorption of iron from the blood
Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a highly effective antioxidant, helping to protect the body from the effects of free radicals. It also helps to maintain healthy skin and blood cells
Vitamin K1: Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting
Biotin: Biotin is needed for normal growth and development of the skin and hair, the maintenance of a healthy nervous system and the healthy functioning of bone marrow
Nicotinamide: Nicotinamide (also known as Vitamin B3) is essential for a healthy nervous system
Pantothenic acid: Pantothenic acid plays a vital role in the process of releasing energy from foods, the role of fat metabolism and the provision of the immune system with antibodies
Folic acid: Folic acid is required to regulate the growth of cells including red blood cells and protein synthesis.
The main functions of the minerals and trace elements are: 1,2,3,4
Iron: Iron forms part of red blood cells which carry oxygen round the body
Copper: Is required for growth and forms part of enzymes involved in blood and bone formation
Magnesium: Magnesium is essential for the formation of bones and teeth, and for the release of energy from food
Zinc: Zinc is required for growth and cell function, bone metabolism, taste, insulin production and the body’s immune system which fights infection
Iodine: Involved in the functioning of the thyroid gland which regulates many of the metabolic processes of the body
Manganese: Manganese helps the body to utilise calcium and potassium and maintain the structure of cells
Selenium: Selenium helps to protect the cells and lipids from free radical damage
Chromium: Helps the body to use glucose by its action on insulin
Molybdenum: Is involved in the enzyme processes for protein metabolism.
2. Check before you take Forceval Junior Capsules
Do not take Forceval Junior Capsules :
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to any of the ingredients of Forceval Junior Capsules (see Section 6 Further information)
- if you suffer from iron storage disorders such as bronzed diabetes (haemochromatosis).
Do not give Forceval Junior Capsules to children aged under 5.
Take special care with Forceval Junior Capsules
Before you take Forceval Junior Capsules tell your doctor, dietician or pharmacist if:
- you are taking any other vitamin or mineral supplement
- you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- you are a smoker
- you have an asbestos related illness such as asbestosis.
If any of the above applies to you, or if you are not sure, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Forceval Junior Capsules.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken/used any of the following medicines as they may interfere with Forceval Junior Capsules:
- Anticoagulants such as warfarin or nicoumalone (used to prevent blood from clotting)
- Phenytoin (used to treat epilepsy)
- Tetracycline antibiotics (used to treat infections) such as doxycycline and minocycline.
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken/used any other medicines including other vitamin or mineral products obtained without a prescription.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Forceval Junior Capsules contain Vitamin A, check with your doctor, dietician or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine during pregnancy.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine whilst breast-feeding.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Forceval Junior Capsules
Forceval Junior Capsules contain soya bean oil. If you are allergic to peanut or soya, do not take this medicinal product.
Forceval Junior Capsules contain iron, an overdose could be fatal in children under 12 years.
Forceval Junior Capsules contain sorbitol. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
5. How to store Forceval Junior Capsules
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not give Forceval Junior Capsules after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month after EXP.
Do not store above 25ºC. Keep the blister in the outer carton in order to protect from light.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist on how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help protect the environment.
6. Further information
What is in Forceval Junior Capsules?
The active ingredients in this medicine are: Vitamin A (as β-Carotene), Vitamin D2, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K1, Biotin, Nicotinamide, Pantothenic acid, Folic acid, Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Zinc, Iodine, Manganese, Selenium, Chromium, Molybdenum.
The other ingredients are Soya Bean Oil, Soya Lecithin, Hard Vegetable Fat (Biscuitine 621), Purified Water, Gelatin, Glycerine, Black Iron Oxide Pigment (E172), Red Iron Oxide Pigment (E172) and Sorbitol Solution 70% (E420).
What Forceval Junior Capsules look like and contents of the pack
Forceval Junior Capsules are small, brown, oval-shaped soft gelatin capsules numbered “571” in white on one side. They come in cartons containing 30 or 60 capsules.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
The product licence holder is:
Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Forceval Junior Capsules are manufactured by:
TD Packaging Ltd
Groundwell Industrial Estate
The information in this leaflet applies only to Forceval Junior Capsules. If you have any questions or you are not sure about anything, ask your doctor.
Forceval Junior Capsules is a registered trademark of Alliance Pharmaceuticals Limited.
Alliance, Alliance Pharmaceuticals and associated devices are registered Trademarks.
© Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd 2008.