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Generic Name: prenatal multivitamin without vitamin a with minerals, iron, folic acid, docusate sodium, and dha (pree-NATE-al MUL-tee-VYE-ta-mins/VYE-ta-min A/MIN-er-als/EYE-urn/FOE-lik AS-id/DOK-ue-sate SOE-dee-um)
Brand Name: Examples include PreNexa and Taron-Prex

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 your local poison control center or your doctor at once.

Taron-Prex is used for:

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

Taron-Prex is a vitamin, mineral, iron, folic acid, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and stool softener combination. It works by providing vitamins and minerals to the body to help meet nutritional requirements. The stool softener helps prevent constipation that may occur with iron products.

Do NOT use Taron-Prex if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Taron-Prex, including soy, fish, or fish oil
  • you have hemochromatosis (a disorder of iron metabolism)

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

Before using Taron-Prex:

Some medical conditions may interact with Taron-Prex. 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
  • if you have stomach or intestinal problems (eg, colitis, Crohn disease, diverticulitis, peptic ulcer), blood problems (eg, pernicious anemia, other types of anemia, porphyria), bleeding problems (eg, hemophilia), or a history of kidney stones
  • if you have had multiple blood transfusions
  • if you are taking mineral oil

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Taron-Prex. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Oral anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of bleeding may be increased by Taron-Prex
  • Fluorouracil because its actions and the risk of its side effects may be increased by Taron-Prex
  • Hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), methyldopa, or penicillamine because their effectiveness may be decreased by Taron-Prex

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Taron-Prex 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 Taron-Prex:

Use Taron-Prex as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Taron-Prex by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • Take Taron-Prex 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 Taron-Prex.
  • Avoid taking Taron-Prex with dairy products; they may interfere with the absorption of the iron in Taron-Prex.
  • Many medicines (eg, used for infection, blood pressure, low blood platelets, osteoporosis, thyroid problems) should not be taken at the same time as Taron-Prex; their effectiveness may be decreased. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if your dose of Taron-Prex should be separated from your dose of any of your other medicines.
  • If you miss a dose of Taron-Prex, 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 Taron-Prex.

Important safety information:

  • Taron-Prex may discolor the stools. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
  • Taron-Prex 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.
  • Taron-Prex has pyridoxine (vitamin B6) in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has pyridoxine (vitamin B6) in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Some brands of Taron-Prex may contain fish oil or soy. If you have had an allergic reaction to fish, fish oil, or soy, ask your pharmacist if your brand contains fish oil.
  • This product may contain tartrazine dye (FD&C Yellow No. 5). This may cause an allergic reaction in some patients. If you have ever had an allergic reaction to tartrazine, ask your pharmacist if your product has tartrazine in it.
  • Do not take large doses of vitamins while you use Taron-Prex unless your doctor tells you to.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Taron-Prex is intended for use during pregnancy and breast-feeding. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Taron-Prex, check with your doctor.

Possible side effects of Taron-Prex:

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 Taron-Prex:

Store Taron-Prex at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Taron-Prex out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Taron-Prex, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Taron-Prex 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 Taron-Prex 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 Taron-Prex. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Taron-Prex. 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 Taron-Prex.

Issue Date: June 3, 2015

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