Prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA

Generic Name: prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and dha (pree-NATE-al muhl-tee-VYE-ta-mins/MIN-er-als/EYE-urn/FOE-lik AS-id)
Brand Name: Vitafol-One

Accidental overdose of products that contain iron is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children younger than 6 years old. Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children. In case of accidental ingestion, call the poison control center or doctor at once.


Prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA is used for:

Treating or preventing a lack of vitamins or minerals before and during pregnancy, and after pregnancy while breast-feeding. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA is a vitamin, mineral, and omega-3 fatty acid combination. It works by providing vitamins and minerals to the body to help meet nutritional requirements.

Do NOT use prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA or to cobalt
  • you have cirrhosis of the liver, hemochromatosis (a disorder of iron metabolism), high blood iron levels, or certain types of anemia (eg, chronic, hemolytic anemia; untreated pernicious anemia)
  • you are taking acitretin

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA:

Some medical conditions may interact with prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances (including soy)
  • if you have a peptic ulcer or other stomach or bowel problems (eg, colitis, Crohn disease, diverticulitis), pernicious anemia or other blood problems (eg, anemia, porphyria), bleeding problems (eg, hemophilia), high blood calcium levels, liver problems, an overactive parathyroid gland, or an overactive thyroid
  • if you have had multiple blood transfusions
  • if you have a history of kidney stones

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of bleeding may be increased by prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA
  • Acitretin, anti-thyroid medicines (eg, methimazole), cation exchange resins (eg, sodium polystyrene sulfonate), or fluorouracil because the risk of their side effects may be increased by prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA
  • Doxycycline, hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), methotrexate, penicillamine, or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine) because their effectiveness may be decreased by prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA:

Use prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if you should take prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA with food or on an empty stomach. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • Take prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA by mouth with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL).
  • Do not take an antacid within 1 hour before or 2 hours after you take prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA.
  • Avoid taking prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA with dairy products; they may interfere with the absorption of the iron in prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA.
  • Many medicines (eg, used for infection, blood pressure, immune system suppression, low blood platelets, osteoporosis, thyroid problems, cancer) should not be taken at the same time as prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA; their effectiveness may be decreased. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if your dose of prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA should be separated from your dose of any of your other medicines.
  • If you miss a dose of prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA.

Important safety information:

  • Do not take more than the recommended dose of prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not take large doses of vitamins while you are taking prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA may discolor the stools. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
  • Prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA has many vitamins, minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has these ingredients in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA has iron in it. Iron overdose is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children younger than 6 years old. In case of an overdose, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA is intended for use during pregnancy and breast-feeding. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA, check with your doctor.

Possible side effects of prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; dark or discolored stools; diarrhea; nausea; stomach upset; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; blood or streaks of blood in the stools; stomach pain or cramping.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include black, tarry stools; chest pain; lack of feeling alert; loss of balance; seizure; severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain; shortness of breath; sluggishness; trouble breathing; unusual tiredness or weakness; unusually pale skin; weak pulse.

Proper storage of prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA:

Store prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using prenatal multivitamin with minerals, iron, folic acid, and DHA.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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