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Table 9 Reasons for use of multivitamins

From: Self-medication with over-the-counter drugs and complementary medications in South Australia's elderly population

  1992-1993 1994-1995 2000-2001 2003-2004
  Wave 1 N = 40 Wave 3 N = 57 Wave 6 N = 22 N = 22 Wave 7 N = 33
Reasons of use of multivitamins N %1 N %1 N %1 N %1
Supplement 19 47.5 22 38.6 1 4.5 8 24.2
General health 14 35.0 27 47.4 21 95.5 19 57.6
Energy boost or tiredness 4 10.0 3 5.3 0 0.0 1 3.0
Other1 3 7.5 5 8.8 0 0.0 5 15.1
  1. The percentages are calculated over the number of participants that reported use of multivitamins
  2. 1 Other reasons included nerves or stress, arthritis, cold prevention and immune stimulation and multiple reasons