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Should primary care physicians prescribe strong tablets of vitamin B complex to alcoholics?

Chronic drinkers are very likely to have a vitamin B deficiency. Oral potent tablets containing vitamin B compounds contain these B vitamins in amounts in excess of normal dietary requirements. They are relatively inexpensive and no serious adverse effects have been reported from them.

Higher-dose oral vitamin B supplements appear to be better absorbed than lower-dose oral preparations, and they correct vitamin B deficiencies without causing adverse effects. No major drug interactions are known. There is insufficient thiamine in potent tablets containing vitamin B compounds to correct thiamine deficiency in chronic drinkers, so additional thiamine supplements are needed to prevent Wernike-Korsakov syndrome.

The authors recommend the administration of vitamin B preparations and state clear conditions for doing so.

Should GPs prescribe vitamin B compound strong tablets to alcoholics?

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