Brand Names: Active OB DHA, Advance Care Plus, Advanced NatalCare, Aminate with 90 mg Iron, Anemagen OB, Baby & Me, Bal-Care DHA, Bal-Care DHA Essential, B-Nexa (obsolete), BumP DHA, Cal-Nate, CareNatal DHA, Cavan EC DHA Plus, Cavan Folate, Cavan One, Cavan-Alpha, Cavan-Folate DHA, Cavan-Heme OB, Cavan-Heme Omega, Cenogen Ultra, Choice OB plus DHA, Chromagen (prenatal), Chromagen OB, Citracal Prenatal + DHA, Citracal Prenatal 90+DHA, Citracal Prenatal Rx, CitraNatal 90 DHA, CitraNatal Assure, CitraNatal B-Calm, CitraNatal DHA, CitraNatal Harmony, CitraNatal Medley, CitraNatal Rx, Classic Prenatal, C-Nate DHA, Co Natal FA, ComBi Rx, Complete Natal DHA, CompleteNate, Complete-RF, Concept DHA, Concept OB, CorNate-DHA, Docosavit, Dothelle DHA, Dualvit OB, Duet, Duet Chewable, Duet DHA, Duet DHA Balanced, Duet DHA Complete, Duet DHA EC, Duet DHA with Ferrazone, DuetDHA 400, DuetDHA 400ec, DuetDHA 430, DuetDHA 430ec, DuetDHA Balanced, Edge OB, Elite OB 400, Enbrace HR, Expecta DHA, EzFe 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NatalCare Advanced-RF, NatalCare CFE 60, NatalCare GlossTabs, Natalcare Pic, Natalcare Pic Forte, Natalcare Plus, Natalcare Rx, NatalCare Three, Natalfirst, Natalins, Natalins Rx, Natalvirt 90, Natalvirt CA, Natalvirt FLT, Natalvit, Natatab CFe, Natatab FA, Natatab Rx, Natelle, Natelle C, Natelle One, Natelle One DHA, Natelle Plus with DHA, Natelle Prefer, Natelle-ez, Neevo, Neevo DHA, NeevoDHA, Neo-Forte, Nestabs, Nestabs ABC, Nestabs CBF, Nestabs DHA, Nestabs FA, Nestabs ONE, Nestabs Rx, New Advanced Formula Prenatal Z, Nexa Plus with DHA, Nexa Select with DHA, Niferex (prenatal), Niferex PN Forte, Niferex-PN, Novanatal, NovaStart, NutriNate, Nutrispire, Nutri-Tab OB, Nutri-Tab OB plus DHA, OB Complete, OB Complete 400, OB Complete 400 with DHA, OB Complete Chewables, OB Complete Gold, OB Complete One with DHA, OB Complete Petite, OB Complete Premier, OB Complete with DHA, OB Complete with DHA (obsolete), OB Natal One, Ob-20, Obstetrix EC, Obstetrix One, Obtrex, Obtrex DHA, O-Cal Prenatal, One Daily Combo Pack, OptiNate, Paire OB Plus DHA, PNV OB+DHA, PNV Prenatal, PNV Prenatal Plus, PNV Select, PNV Tabs 29-1, PNV-DHA, PNV-DHA Plus, PNV-First DHA, PNV-OB with DHA, PNV-Omega, PNV-Total, PR Natal 400, PR Natal 400 EC, PR Natal 430, PR Natal 440, Pramilet FA, Precare, Precare Conceive, Precare Premier, Prefera OB Plus DHA, Prefera OB-One, PreferaOB, PreferaOB+DHA, Pre-H-Cal, Premesis Rx, Prena1, Prena1 Chew, Prena1 Pearl, Prena1 Plus, Prena1 True plus DHA, PrenaCare, PrenaFirst, Prenaissance Balance, Prenaissance DHA, Prenaissance Next, Prenaissance Plus, PrenaPlus, PreNata, Prenatabs CBF, Prenatabs FA, Prenatabs OBN, Prenatabs Rx, Prenatal 1 Plus 1, Prenatal 1 Plus 1 (Low Iron), Prenatal 19 (Cypress), PreNatal 19 (Nationwide), Prenatal AD, Prenatal Elite, Prenatal H, PreNatal Low Iron, Prenatal MR 90, Prenatal MR 90 Fe, Prenatal MTR with Selenium, Prenatal Multi + DHA, Prenatal Multivitamins, Prenatal Plus, Prenatal Plus + DHA Minicaps, Prenatal Plus Iron, Prenatal Plus Low Iron, Prenatal Plus with 27 mg Iron, Prenatal Plus with Beta-Carotene, Prenatal Rx, Prenatal Rx 1, Prenatal Rx Low Iron, Prenatal S, Prenatal Z Advanced Formula, Prenatal-U, Prenate, Prenate 90, Prenate Advance, Prenate Advanced Formula, Prenate AM, Prenate DHA, Prenate Elite, Prenate Elite Plus Iron, Prenate Enhance with DHA, Prenate Essential, Prenate GT, Prenate Mini with DHA, Prenate Pixie, Prenate Plus, Prenate Restore, Prenate Star, Prenate Ultra, Prenavite FC, PreNexa, PreNexa premier with DHA, PreNexa with DHA, PreNexa with DHA (obsolete), Prennaissance with DHA, PrePlus, PreQue 10, PreQue10 (obsolete), PreTAB, Previte Rx, PrimaCare, PrimaCare Advantage, PrimaCare One, ProFe Forte, Provida DHA, Provida OB, Pruet DHA, Pruet DHA EC, RE OB 90 Plus DHA, RE OB Plus DHA, Relnate DHA, Renate, Renate DHA, Renate DHA Extra, RightStep, Rovin-NV, Rovin-NV DHA, Se-Care, Se-Care Conceive, Select-OB, Select-OB+DHA, Se-Natal 16, Se-Natal 19, Se-Natal 90, Se-Natal One, Se-Plete DHA, Se-Tan DHA, Seton ET, Seton ET-EC, Similac Prenatal, Strongstart, Stuart Prenatal with Beta Carotene, Stuartnatal Plus, Stuartnatal Plus 3, Tandem DHA, Tandem OB, Taron-BC, Taron-C DHA, Taron-EC Calc DHA Pack, Taron-PRX Plus DHA, Ternamar, TheraNatal Complete, TheraNatal Core Nutrition, TheraNatal Lactation Complete, TheraNatal Lactation One, TheraNatal Lactation Support, TheraNatal One DHA, TheraNatal OvaVite, TheraNatal Plus, Thrivite RX, TL-Care DHA, Tri Rx, TriAdvance, TriCare, TriCare DHA One, TriCare Prenatal, TriCare Prenatal Compleat, Trimesis Rx, Trinatal GT, Trinatal Rx 1, Trinatal Ultra, Trinate, TriStart DHA, TriStart One, Triveen Ten, Triveen-Duo DHA, Triveen-One, Triveen-PRx RNF, Ultimate OB DHA, UltimateCare Advance, UltimateCare One, UltimateCare One NF, Ultra NatalCare, Ultra-Natal, Vemavite PRX 2, Vena-Bal DHA, VeNatal Complete DHA, VeNatal FA, Verotin-BY, Verotin-GR, Vert-Select DHA, Vil-Rx, Vinacal B, Vinacal OR, Vinatal 600, Vinatal Forte, Vinate 90, Vinate Advanced (New Formula), Vinate AZ, Vinate AZ Extra, Vinate C, Vinate Calcium, Vinate Care, Vinate DHA, Vinate Good Start, Vinate GT, Vinate IC, Vinate II (New Formula), Vinate III, Vinate M, Vinate One, Vinate PN Care, Vinate Ultra, Virt-Bal DHA Plus, Virt-Nate, Virt-Nate DHA, Virt-PN, Virt-PN DHA, Virt-PN Plus, Virt-Vite GT, Vitafol Fe Plus, Vitafol Gummies with DHA, Vitafol Nano, Vitafol Plus, Vitafol PN, Vitafol Ultra, Vitafol-OB, Vitafol-OB+DHA, Vitafol-One, vitaMed MD RediChew Rx, vitaMedMD One Rx, VitaMedMD Plus Rx, VitaNatal OB plus DHA, VitaPearl with DHA, Vitaphil, Vitaphil Aide, Vitaphil Plus DHA, Vitaphil Plus DHA 90, Vitaspire, VitaTrue plus DHA, Viva CT, Viva DHA, V-Natal, V-Natal DHA, Vol-Nate, Vol-Tab Rx, VP-CH-PNV, VP-GGR-B6, VP-Heme, VP-Heme OB, VP-Heme One, VP-PNV-DHA, Vynatal 1 Plus 1, Vynatal F.A., Zatean-CH, Zatean-PN, Zatean-PN DHA, Zatean-PN Plus
Generic Name: prenatal multivitamins
- What are prenatal multivitamins?
- What are the possible side effects of prenatal multivitamins?
- What is the most important information I should know about prenatal multivitamins?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking prenatal multivitamins?
- How should I take prenatal multivitamins?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking prenatal multivitamins?
- What other drugs will affect prenatal multivitamins?
- Where can I get more information?
What are prenatal multivitamins?
There are many brands and forms of prenatal multivitamins available. Not all brands are listed on this leaflet.
Prenatal multivitamins may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
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What are the possible side effects of prenatal multivitamins?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
When taken as directed, prenatal multivitamins are not expected to cause serious side effects. Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about prenatal multivitamins?
Never take more than the recommended dose of a multivitamin. Avoid taking any other multivitamin product within 2 hours before or after you take your prenatal multivitamins. Taking similar vitamin products together at the same time can result in a vitamin overdose or serious side effects.
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of vitamins A, D, E, or K can cause serious or life-threatening side effects and can also harm your unborn baby. Certain minerals contained in a prenatal multivitamin may also cause serious overdose symptoms or harm to the baby if you take too much.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking prenatal multivitamins?
Many vitamins can cause serious or life-threatening side effects if taken in large doses. Do not take more of this medication than directed on the label or prescribed by your doctor.
Before taking prenatal multivitamins, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and all medicines you use.
Ask a doctor before using a vitamin or mineral supplement if you are on a low-salt diet.
You may need to continue taking prenatal multivitamins if you breast-feed your baby. Ask your doctor about taking this medication while breast-feeding.
How should I take prenatal multivitamins?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.
Never take more than the recommended dose of prenatal multivitamins.
Many multivitamin products also contain minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Minerals (especially taken in large doses) can cause side effects such as tooth staining, increased urination, stomach bleeding, uneven heart rate, confusion, and muscle weakness or limp feeling. Read the label of any multivitamin product you take to make sure you are aware of what it contains.
Take your prenatal multivitamin with a full glass of water.
Swallow the regular tablet or capsule whole. Do not break, chew, crush, or open it.
The chewable tablet must be chewed or allowed to dissolve in your mouth before swallowing. You may also allow the chewable tablet to dissolve in drinking water, fruit juice, or infant formula (but not milk or other dairy products). Drink this mixture right away.
Use prenatal multivitamins regularly to get the most benefit.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep prenatal multivitamins in their original container. Storing vitamins in a glass container can ruin the medication.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of vitamins A, D, E, or K can cause serious or life-threatening side effects and can also harm your unborn baby. Certain minerals contained in a prenatal multivitamin may also cause serious overdose symptoms or harm to the baby if you take too much.
Overdose symptoms may include stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, hair loss, peeling skin, tingly feeling in or around your mouth, changes in menstrual periods, weight loss, severe headache, muscle or joint pain, severe back pain, blood in your urine, pale skin, and easy bruising or bleeding.
What should I avoid while taking prenatal multivitamins?
Avoid taking any other multivitamin product within 2 hours before or after you take your prenatal multivitamins. Taking similar vitamin products together at the same time can result in a vitamin overdose or serious side effects.
Avoid the regular use of salt substitutes in your diet if your multivitamin contains potassium.
Do not take this medication with milk, other dairy products, calcium supplements, or antacids that contain calcium. Calcium may make it harder for your body to absorb certain ingredients of the prenatal multivitamin.
What other drugs will affect prenatal multivitamins?
Vitamin and mineral supplements can interact with certain medications, or affect how medications work in your body. Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using prenatal multivitamins with any other medications, especially:
- a diuretic or "water pill";
- heart or blood pressure medications;
- tretinoin or isotretinoin;
- trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole (SMX-TMP or SMZ-TMP); or
- NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)--aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect prenatal multivitamins, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about prenatal multivitamins.
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