Becosule is a multivitamin used to treat conditions like Acne, Hair loss, Vitamin B12 deficiency, anemia, Muscle cramps, and Diarrhea. Get to know how Becosules works, its side effects, precautions, and contraindications where Becosules is not suggested.
It is a combination of different variants of B-complex vitamins including vitamin B12, B1, B2, B6, B3, and Folic acid, Vitamin C and Calcium Pantothenate. It is manufactured by Pfizer Pharmacia India Pvt. Ltd which is available as 20 capsules per strip.
Becosules – Composition and Active Ingredients
Becosules is composed of the following active ingredients:
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) – 10 mg
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) – 10 mg
- Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) – 100 mg
- Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) – 3 mg
- Vitamin B7 (Biotin) – 100 mcg
- Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) – 1.5 mg
- Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) – 15 mcg
- Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) – 150 mg
- Calcium Pantothenate – 50 mg
Apart from Becosules, there are many other multi-vitamin products which are available online for an easy purchase that can contain one or more of the above ingredients. Here is a link to view those.
Becosules Uses or Indications
Becosules is used as a nutritional supplement for various conditions of Vitamin deficiencies and inadequate dietary intake.
Becosules can be used in control, prevention and treatment of following conditions:
- Oral ulcers, Glossitis (Sore tongue), stomatitis, cheilosis (Inflammation and small cracks in one or both corners of the mouth)
- Alopecia (Hair loss), Hair fall, Gray hair
- Acne, Seborrhea dermatitis, Seborrhoeic dermatitis in infants
- Patients with impaired dietary intake like
- Alcoholics, Anorexia, Diabetes mellitus, Obesity, elderly people
- Increased requirements due to increased metabolic rate in conditions like
- Febrile illness, fever, acute or chronic infections, after surgery, burns, and fractures.
- Poor absorption of food, Diarrhea, Malnutrition, Rapid weight loss
- Vitamin deficiency
- Vitamin B12, B3, Folate, Biotin, A and C deficiencies
- Pernicious anemia (Due to VitB12 deficiency)
- Anemia due to nutrition deficiency,
- Anemia during pregnancy, infancy or childhood
- Megaloblastic anemia due to folic acid deficiency
- Micronutrient deficiencies during pregnancy or lactation
- Muscle cramps
- Paresthesia (altered sensation), neuralgia and dermatitis
- Mental disorder, Alzheimer disease, mild depression, Cognitive disorders
- Heart diseases, Cardiovascular diseases, Clogged arteries, and High cholesterol and triglyceride
- Hypophosphatemia, Hypocalcaemia
- Diabetes, diabetic neuropathy
- Fragile or brittle nails
Side Effects of Becosules
Apart from its intended benefits, Becosules may cause some unwanted effects too. Few side effects are rare but they might be severe. If you observe any of the following side effects consult your doctor immediately and seek immediate medical attention.
- Unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Dryness of mouth, excessive thirst
- Shortness of breath
- Frequent urination
- Discoloration of urine
- Dry hair
- Allergic reaction: Itching, Hives, skin rashes, swelling of face, lips, tongue
- Chest pain
- Muscle weakness
- Transitory Exanthema (Skin eruption)
If you observe any other side effects consult your doctor for medical advice.
Despite this oral capsule being an OTC (over the counter) medication, regarding the dosage of Becosules, please consult your physician as it will depend on the condition for which it has to be administered. Ideally taken once or twice a day or as advised by the doctor. For best results take it for the duration as suggested by the physician.
Contraindications – When to Avoid Becosules
- If you are allergic to any of the ingredients of Becosules
- Patients with severe liver and kidney disease
How to take Becosule capsules?
- It is best absorbed when taken orally
- Absorption can be further increased when administered after a meal
- Do not take Becosules on an empty stomach (unless advised by a doctor)
- Never take more than the recommended dose
- Never take Becosule capsules for a long period of time without doctor’s consent
- Consult your doctor and Seek immediate medical attention if you see no improvement or if symptoms get worse
- Constituents of Becosules may interact with the following drugs and products:
- Anti-diabetic drugs
- Arsenic trioxide
Precautions while taking Becosules
- Use with caution if you are pregnant
- Patients with Kidney & liver disease must take doctor’s advice before taking it
- Diabetics may have a false result of urine glucose level while on Becosules because of the presence of ascorbic acid in it. Therefore, Use a test which is not affected by ascorbic acid.
- Before taking Becosules, make sure that you are not allergic to any of its constituents or allergic to cobalt
- It is not a replacement to naturally obtained vitamin B from the diet. It is always advisable that you should have food rich in vitamin B.
- Consult your physician before taking if you are breastfeeding
- Avoid alcohol consumption if you have alcoholic cirrhosis
- Check the expiry date of medicine before buying
- Do not take it on the advice of a friend or family. Similarly, do not give this medicine to someone you feel that they have similar symptoms
- Tell your doctor about the previous medication taken before going ahead with Becosules.
- Notify the doctor if you experience any side effects such as burning, tingling or numb feeling
Folic acid in Becosules may correct anemia but aggravate neurological lesion. The use of Becosules capsules should be accompanied by specific treatment for the primary illness as they only provide nutritional supplement and do not cure the underlying disease
As it is a vitamin supplement, generally it might not show any serious side effects. But if used in higher doses, it might result in some side effects. Consult your doctor before taking it to avoid overdosage. In case of any overdosage, consult your doctor immediately to address the condition as quickly as possible.
If you miss the dose, take as soon as possible, and if it is near to the next dose, skip the missing dosage and continue the regular dosage. Do not take an extra dose.
Becosules can be recommended for use for pregnant women but after consulting your physician before taking these medicines.
Becosules is safe to use during breastfeeding. Before taking this medicine, consult your physician.
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Dr. Srishti Tayal is Chief Radiologist at Radiodent – Dental and Maxillofacial Imaging. She has completed BDS and MDS with Gold Medal from JSS Medical College, Mysore. She is a passionate medical researcher and has published five research papers in various medical journals and received an award for the best scientific paper.
In addition to following her pursuits in dentistry, she is also an avid medical writer who believes in bridging the information gap among the common population with regards to modern medicine.