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Generic Name: prenatal multivitamins and minerals with iron and folic acid (pree-NATE-al VYE-ta-mins)
Brand Name: Examples include Bright Beginnings Prenatal Bar and Vinatal
Vinatal bar is used for:
Treating or preventing a lack of vitamins or minerals before, during, and after pregnancy and while breast-feeding. Treating or preventing certain conditions as determined by your doctor.
Do NOT use Vinatal bar if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Vinatal bar
- you have hemochromatosis (a disorder of iron metabolism) or Wilson disease (a disorder of copper metabolism)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Vinatal bar:
Some medical conditions may interact with Vinatal bar. 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 a bowel disorder (eg, colitis, Crohn disease, diverticulitis), certain blood disorders (eg, hemolytic or pernicious anemia, porphyria cutanea tarda, thalassemia), or peptic ulcer
- if you have had multiple blood transfusions
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Vinatal bar. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Cation exchange resins (eg, sodium polystyrene sulfonate) because side effects, including increased risk of muscle twitches and tremors, nausea, vomiting, numbness in face or extremities, and confusion possibly leading to coma, may be increased by Vinatal bar.
- Acitretin, cyclosporine, fluorouracil, and quinidine because actions and side effects may be increased by Vinatal bar.
- Hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), mycophenolate, or penicillamine because the effectiveness may be decreased by Vinatal bar.
- Oral anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because side effects, including risk of bleeding, may be increased by Vinatal bar.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Vinatal bar 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 Vinatal bar:
Use Vinatal bar as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Check with your pharmacist to see if your brand should be taken with food or on an empty stomach. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- Take Vinatal bar with a full glass of water.
- Avoid taking Vinatal bar with dairy products as they may interfere with the absorption of the iron in Vinatal bar.
- If you are taking one of the following oral medicines, separate their administration by at least 2 hours: angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (eg, enalapril), azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), bisphosphonates (eg, etidronate), cation exchange resins (eg, sodium polystyrene sulfonate), cephalosporins (eg, cephalexin), delavirdine, digoxin, oral corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin), sulfonylureas (eg, glyburide), or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine).
- If taking Vinatal bar with methyldopa, levodopa, or tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline), administer at least 3 hours apart.
- If you miss a dose of Vinatal bar, 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 Vinatal bar.
Important safety information:
- While you are taking Vinatal bar you may notice darkening of stools. This is normal.
- Vinatal bar contains iron. Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children younger than 6 years of age. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.
Possible side effects of Vinatal bar:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Constipation; diarrhea; nausea; vomiting.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry 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 diarrhea; headache; lack of feeling alert; loss of balance; nausea; vomiting.Proper storage of Vinatal bar:
Store Vinatal bar 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 Vinatal bar out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Vinatal bar, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Vinatal bar 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 Vinatal bar 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 Vinatal bar. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Vinatal bar. 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 Vinatal bar.