Frequently Asked Questions


Is it alright with my doctor/general practitioner if I take part in the study?

A letter explaining the details of the study can be provided for your general practitioner. Please contact your recruiting doctor or study coordinator to organise for this letter to be sent to your general practitioner. The letter also provides a contact number for your doctor if they have further questions about the VITATOPS study.


Will the VITATOPS tablets interfere with any of my other medications?

At the time you were recruited to the study your doctor or study coordinator collected information about your current medications to confirm you were eligible to join the study. If you have any further queries about your medications or changes to your current prescriptions please consult with your recruiting doctor.


What if I do not have transport to attend my follow-up appointments in the clinic?

If you are unable to attend face-to-face clinic follow-ups then please contact your recruiting doctor or study coordinator. If transport cannnot be arranged your follow-up can be completed via telephone or a VITATOPS questionnaire can be posted to you.


What if I am unable to attend a follow-up clinic visit?

If you are unable to attend your follow-up visit in the clinic please contact your recruiting doctor or study coordinator. Your recruiting doctor/study coordinator can then organise for your clinic follow-up to be rescheduled for another date/time.


Why are some patients given a placebo (a 'dummy' tablet)?

In order to determine whether or not vitamins prevent stroke and other forms of blood vessel disease patients will be treated with either a multi-vitamin tablets or placebo. At the end of the study patients taking vitamins will be compared with those taking placebo to determine whether vitamin treatment is beneficial or not.


Will I know if I am taking the multivitamin tablet or the placebo?

Neither you nor the doctors/study coordinators will know which treatment you are receiving.


Do I have to pay for the VITATOPS tablets?

No. The tablets are provided free of charge.


How long do I have to take the tablet?

Once you join the study you will be committed to take the study treatment for at least one year and up to five years, with regular visits to the VITATOPS clinic.


Will the research tablet affect my diabetes?

The VITATOPS tablets contain no sugar.


What foods contain B6, B12 and folate and can I continue to eat these whilst participating on the study?

Vitamin B6 is found in a wide variety of foods including fortified cereals, beans, meat, poultry, fish, and some fruits and vegetables. Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal foods including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products as well as fortified cereals. Folate is found in green, leafy vegetables, fruits, dried beans and peas. Yes, you can continue to eat these foods whilst on the study.


Can I take vitamins tablets containing B6, B12 or folate whilst on the study?

We ask you not to take any extra vitamin tablets during this study unless they are prescribed by one of your doctors (in which case we would also like to know), as this may interfere with the results of the study.


Can I stop taking the research tablet anytime?

Yes. You are free to stop taking the study tablets at any time without prejudice to future medical treatment. However, we would still like to see you regularly to check on your health.