Vitamin & Mineral Supplements for Bariatric ProceduresDaily vitamin and mineral supplements should be taken for a lifetime. Chewable and liquid forms are recommendedfor at least the first 3-6 months after surgery as they may be better tolerated and better absorbed. Progression to capsulesor tablets may be an option and can be discussed with the dietitian.When it comes to choosing which supplements are right for you, consider: Does it meet recommendations?How does it taste?Number of tablets, chews or amount of liquid (i.e. serving size) to reach suggested dosePrice and availabilityTaking a Bariatric Multivitamin can help to minimize the number of supplements you need to take every day.The following pages outline the recommendations for vitamin and mineral supplementation after bariatric surgery andprovide you with a few available options for your convenience. While the list may appear extensive there are many waysto meet your individual needs and if the vitamin and mineral regimen you choose doesn’t work for you, please discuss thiswith your dietitian to find a regimen that does. We are here for you!Please bring in all vitamin and mineral bottles or pictures of the front and back labels with you when you come for yourOutpatient Nutrition appointments. This is the best way for us to help you!It is important to follow up with the Bariatric Surgery Team regularly. As part of these visits we will check and review yourblood work and make adjustments to your vitamin and mineral supplements as needed.1

Sample Daily Schedule for SupplementsBreakfastSnackCalcium Citrate (500-600 mg)LunchCalcium Citrate (500-600 mg)SnackCalcium Citrate (500-600 mg)DinnerBariatric Multivitamin(s) (with recommended amount of Vitamin D and B12)OROver the counter Multivitamin(s) &Vitamin D (3,000 IU every day) &Vitamin B12 (350-500 mcg every day or 1,000 mcg every other day)SnackAdditional Iron if recommended2

Multivitamin Recommendations: Multivitamin must be complete, containing iron and other trace minerals. Should contain at least: 200% Daily Value for most contents, specifically iron (36mg), folic acid (800mcg) and thiamin (3mg) 100% Daily Value for zinc (15mg), copper (2mg) and other nutrients Taking a Bariatric Multivitamin may eliminate the need for additional Vitamin D and B12 supplements.Bariatric Multivitamins are also available with different amounts of Iron, choose one that meets your individual needs and eliminate the needfor a separate Iron supplement as well.AVOID GUMMY Multivitamins. Gummies do not have all the vitamins and minerals you need. Multivitamin OptionsServing SizePer DayAmount ofIronWhere to PurchaseChewableBariatric Formulations- Include higher levels of Vitamin D and Vitamin B12. Do not need to take an additional supplement.Bariatric Advantage Bariatric Advantage Ultra Solo with IronCelebrate Celebrate One 45 (formerly called MCR 45) Celebrate Multi-Complete 60 Celebrate Multivitamin Soft ChewOPURITY Bariatric Multi Chewable with 45 mg IronProCare Health Bariatric Multivitamin with 45 mg e45mgBayview Pharmacy or www.celebratevitamins.comBayview Pharmacy or www.unjury.com145mgwww.procarenow.comOver the Counter (OTC)- Need to take additional Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 with the OTC options.Equate Children’s Multivitamin CompleteTarget brand Kids’ Multivitamin Complete2236mg36mg3Walmart/On-lineTarget/On-line

Calcium Citrate Recommendations: Choose Calcium Citrate as this type is better absorbed than other types (i.e. calcium carbonate and gummy tricalcium phosphate).Recommended daily dose is 1,200-1,500 mg per day.Take in divided doses of 500-600 mg 2-3 times a day. Your body can’t absorb more than this at one time.Calcium should contain Vitamin D to increase absorption.Take at least 2 hours apart from multivitamin with iron and any additional iron supplements to maximize absorption.Calcium CitrateChewable/ChewyBariatric Advantage Calcium Chewable Calcium Chewy BitesCelebrate Calcium PLUS 500 Chewable Calcium Soft ChewsLiquidLifetime Calcium Magnesium CitrateSolgarWellesse Liquid CalciumPowder (add to fluid)Bariatric Advantage Powder Mix CalciumAmount of CalciumWhere to PurchasePer mg500mgPer Tbsp600 mg600mg500mgPer 2 scoops600mgBayview Pharmacy or www.celebratevitamins.comOn-lineVitamin Shoppe/ /Drug Store/Costco/On-linewww.bariatricadvantage.com4

Vitamin D Recommendations: Take 3,000 International Units (IU) of Vitamin D3 per day.If included in your bariatric brand multivitamin, you do not need to take a separate supplement.Vitamin D liquid and soft gels are best absorbed when taken with food. Chewable and quick melts can be taken at any time.Vitamin DChewable/ChewyBariatric Advantage chewable gelCelebrate Quick MeltKalNature Made ChewableOPURITY Chewable D3GNC Chewy D3Vitamin Shoppe D3 ChewsLiquidBariatric AdvantageCarlson Super DailyNature’s AnswerWellesseAmount of Vitamin DPer tablet/chew5,000 International Units5,000 International Units1,000 International Units2,000 International Units1,000 International Units5,000 International Units1,000 International Units1,000 International UnitsPer Serving0.5 ml 5,000 International Units1 drop 1,000 International Units1 drop 2,000 International Units1 drop 4,000 International Units1 drop 2,000 International Units2 tsp 1,000 International Units5Where to Purchasewww.bariatricadvantage.comBayview Pharmacy or www.celebratevitamins.comVitamin Shoppe/On-lineDrug Store/Costco/On-linewww.opurity.comGNCVitamin Shoppewww.bariatricadvantage.comVitamin Shoppe/On-lineWalmart/On-lineDrug Store/Costco/On-line

Vitamin B12 Recommendations: Take 350-500 mcg per day or 1,000 mcg every other day by mouth in the form of a disintegrating or sublingual (under the tongue) tablet orliquid.If included in your bariatric brand multivitamin, you do not need to take a separate supplement.Alternate options to discuss with your primary care physician:o Injection- 1,000 mcg once a montho Nasal Spray- 500 mcg once a weekVitamin B12Amount of B12Where to PurchaseSublingualBariatric AdvantageCelebrateGNCNature MadeOPURITYRexallTwin LabInjectionNasalPer tablet1,000 mcg1,000 mcg1,000 mcg1,000 mcg1,000 mcg500 mcg500mcg1,000 mcg/month500 mcg/weekwww.bariatricadvantage.comBayview Pharmacy or www.celebratevitamins.comGNCRite Aid, Walgreens/On-linewww.opurity.comWalmartVitamin iption6

Iron Recommendations: The iron in your multivitamin may be sufficient. Most people need 36 mg per day.Menstruating women and/or patients with iron deficiency anemia need more iron.Take 45-60 mg per day if you are female and are still menstruating.o If your bariatric brand multivitamin contains 45-60 mg of iron, you do not need to take a separate supplement.o If you take an over the counter multivitamin, take an additional 18-30 mg iron supplement.If you are anemic, discuss current iron supplementation and recent blood work with the dietitian to determine the correct dose.Taking Vitamin C at the same time as iron can increase absorption.IronAmount ofElemental IronChewable/ChewyBariatric Advantage Iron Chewable Iron Chewy BiteCelebrate Iron C Chewable Iron C Soft ChewLiquidFerretts IPS LiquidWellese Liquid IronPer tablet/chewWhere to Purchase18, 29 & 60 mg30 mgwww.bariatricadvantage.com18, 30, 45 & 60 mg45, 60 mgPer Tbsp40 mg18 mgBayview Pharmacy or /Drug Store/Costco/On-line**If you order supplements from Bariatric Advantage on their website, you can use the code “SAVE10” to get 10% off**The information contained on this handout is presented for general information purposes only and is subject to change by third parties. The hospital does not recommend anyparticular vendor, product or service. Other vendors, products and services may be available from persons not on this list. Nothing contained on this handout should be construednor is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your physician or other qualified health care provider before embarking on a new treatment, dietor fitness program.Visit the Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery website for an electronic version of this handout and nutrition-resources.htmlFor more information, please contact your Nutrition Department:Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Clinical Nutrition Department at 410-550-0311Sibley Center for Weight Loss Surgery Outpatient Nutrition at 202-243-2349Rev. 2/2021Clinical Nutrition7

Sibley Center for Weight Loss Surgery Outpatient Nutrition at 202-243-2349 Rev. 2/2021 Clinical Nutriti