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Molybdenum Supplements (Systemic)
In the U.S.-
The body needs molybdenum (moh-LIB-den-um) for normal growth and health. For patients who are unable to get enough molybdenum in their regular diet or who have a need for more molybdenum, molybdenum supplements may be necessary. They are generally taken by mouth in multivitamin/mineral products but some patients may have to receive them by injection. Molybdenum is part of certain enzymes that are important for several body functions.
A deficiency of molybdenum is rare. However, if the body does not get enough molybdenum, certain enzymes needed by the body are affected. This may lead to a build up of unwanted substances in some people.
Injectable molybdenum is administered only by or under the supervision of your health care professional. Molybdenum is available in the following dosage forms:
Importance of Diet
For good health, it is important that you eat a balanced and varied diet. Follow carefully any diet program your health care professional may recommend. For your specific dietary vitamin and/or mineral needs, ask your health care professional for a list of appropriate foods. If you think that you are not getting enough vitamins and/or minerals in your diet, you may choose to take a dietary supplement.The amount of molybdenum in foods depends on the soil in which the food is grown. Some soils have more molybdenum than others. Peas, beans, cereal products, leafy vegetables, and low-fat milk are good sources of molybdenum.
The daily amount of molybdenum needed is defined in several different ways.
Because a lack of molybdenum is rare, there is no RDA or RNI for it. The following daily intakes are thought to be plenty for most individuals:
Before Using This Medicine
If you are taking this dietary supplement without a prescription, carefully read and follow any precautions on the label. For molybdenum, the following should be considered:
Allergies- Tell your health care professional if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to molybdenum. Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Pregnancy- It is especially important that you are receiving enough vitamins and minerals when you become pregnant and that you continue to receive the right amount of vitamins and minerals throughout your pregnancy. The healthy growth and development of the fetus depend on a steady supply of nutrients from the mother. However, taking large amounts of a dietary supplement in pregnancy may be harmful to the mother and/or fetus and should be avoided.
Breast-feeding- It is important that you receive the right amounts of vitamins and minerals so that your baby will also get the vitamins and minerals needed to grow properly. However, taking large amounts of a dietary supplement while breast-feeding may be harmful to the mother and/or baby and should be avoided.
Children- Problems in children have not been reported with intake of normal daily recommended amounts.
Older adults- Problems in older adults have not been reported with intake of normal daily recommended amounts.
Other medicines- Medicines or other dietary supplements
Although certain medicines or dietary supplements should not be used together at all, in other cases they may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your health care professional may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your health care professional if you are taking any other dietary supplement or any prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Other medical problems- The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of molybdenum. Make sure you tell your health care professional if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Proper Use of This Medicine
Molybdenum is available orally only as part of a multivitamin/mineral product.
The amount of molybdenum needed to meet normal daily recommended intakes will be different for different individuals. The following information includes only the average amounts of molybdenum.
If you miss taking your multivitamin containing molybdenum for one or more days there is no cause for concern, since it takes some time for your body to become seriously low in molybdenum. However, if your health care professional has recommended that you take molybdenum, try to remember to take it as directed every day.
To store this dietary supplement:
Precautions While Using This Medicine
Large amounts of molybdenum may cause your body to lose copper. Your health care professional may recommend that you take a copper supplement while on molybdenum therapy.
Side Effects of This Medicine
Side Effects of This Dietary Supplement
Along with its needed effects, a dietary supplement may cause some unwanted effects. Although oral molybdenum supplements have not been reported to cause any side effects, check with your health care professional immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some individuals. If you notice any other effects, check with your health care professional.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT