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Vitamins (Multiple/Prenatal)
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Vitamins (Multiple/Prenatal) Overview

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U.S. Brand Names

A-Free Prenatal; Advanced NatalCare® [DSC]; Advanced-RF NatalCare® [DSC]; Cal-Nate™ [DSC]; Calna [OTC]; CareNatal™ DHA [DSC]; CitraNatal™ 90 DHA; CitraNatal™ DHA; CitraNatal™ Rx; ComBi Rx™ [DSC]; Duet®; Duet® DHA; Duet® DHA ; KPN Prenatal [OTC]; Mini-Prenatal [OTC]; NataCaps™; NataChew® [OTC]; NataFort® [OTC]; NatalCare® GlossTabs™; NatalCare® PIC; NatalCare® PIC Forte; NatalCare® Plus; NatalCare® Rx; NatalCare® Three; NataTab™ CFe; NataTab™ FA; NataTab™ Rx; NutriNate®; NutriSpire™; Néevo®; Néevo® DHA; One A Day® Women’s Prenatal [OTC]; OptiNate®; PreCare Conceive®; PreCare Premier®; PreCare®; PremesisRx®; Prenatal 19 [OTC]; Prenatal AD [OTC]; Prenatal MR 90 Fe™ [DSC]; Prenatal MTR With Selenium [DSC]; Prenatal One Daily [OTC]; Prenatal Rx 1; Prenatal U [OTC]; Prenatal Z Advanced Formula [DSC]; Prenate DHA™; Prenate Elite®; PrimaCare®; PrimaCare® One; Select-OB™ [OTC]; Stuart Prenatal® [OTC]; Tandem® DHA; Tandem® OB; Trinate [OTC]; Ultra NatalCare®; Vitafol®-OB [OTC]; Vitafol®-OB+DHA [OTC]; Vitafol®-PN

Pharmacologic Category


Reasons not to take this medicine

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Most prenatal vitamins contain greater amounts of folic acid, iron, and calcium than standard adult multivitamins. Taking folic acid before the pregnancy and during the first 12 weeks can help prevent certain birth defects. The body is making so much extra blood that you need 3-4 times the usual amount of iron every day. A prenatal multivitamin will help you get enough essential nutrients in your diet.

How is it best taken?

• Take this vitamin with or without food. Take with food or at bedtime if it causes an upset stomach.

• Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare provider.

• If you are in your first 12 weeks of pregnancy, you may want to take a prenatal vitamin without extra iron. Iron may cause constipation and upset stomach. Additional iron is most necessary in the second and third trimesters.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 17:28:20.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:18:15.0

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