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Prenatal VitaminsBrand names: Advanced Natalcare, Materna, Natalins, Prenate Advance
Why is this drug prescribed: These prenatal products contain vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, zinc, and folic acid. The tablets are given during pregnancy and after childbirth to ensure an adequate supply of these critical nutrients. They may also be prescribed to improve a woman's nutritional status before she becomes pregnant.
Most important fact about this drug: Nutritional supplementation is especially important during pregnancy. Be sure to take the pills regularly as prescribed.
How should you take this medication: Take these products exactly as prescribed, with or without food. Do not take more than the recommended dose. --If you miss a dose... Take it as soon as you remember, then return to your regular schedule. --Storage instructions... Store at room temperature in a tightly closed container, away from excessive heat.
Why should this drug not be prescribed: Certain rare diseases allow copper or iron to accumulate in the body. If you've been diagnosed with such a disease, you should avoid vitamin and mineral supplements such as these.
Special warnings about this medication: Your doctor will test you for pernicious anemia before you take this drug, since folic acid can cover up the symptoms. If you have kidney stones, you need to limit your calcium intake. Your doctor should take this into account when prescribing a vitamin and mineral supplement. Keep this product out of children's reach. An overdose could be fatal.
Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: Pregnancy and breastfeeding impose special nutritional demands on the mother. A vitamin and mineral supplement can help ensure that there are enough nutrients for both you and your baby.
Recommended dosage: Follow your doctor's recommendation.
Overdosage: Although no specific overdose information is available, even a nutritional supplement can have serious consequences when taken in extremely large amounts. In children, an overdose of the iron in vitamin supplements could be dangerous or even fatal. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.