Generic Name: prenatal multivitamins (PRE nay tal VYE ta mins)
Brand Name: Cenogen Ultra, Duet, Maternity, Mission Prenatal, OB Complete, PrenaCare, PrenaPlus, Prenatal H, Prenatal Plus, Stuart Prenatal with Beta Carotene, TheraNatal Lactation Support, TriCare, Trinate, Ultra-Natal, Vinate One, Vinate Ultra, vitaMed MD RediChew Rx
Medically reviewed on May 7, 2018
What are Maternity?
There are many brands and forms of prenatal multivitamins available. Not all brands are listed on this leaflet.
Maternity are a combination of many different vitamins that are normally found in foods and other natural sources.
Maternity are used to provide the additional vitamins needed during pregnancy. Minerals may also be contained in this medicine.
Maternity may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
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 Maternity. 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 Maternity. 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.
Before taking this medicine
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 Maternity, 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 Maternity if you breast-feed your baby. Ask your doctor about taking this medication while breast-feeding.
How should I take Maternity?
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 Maternity regularly to get the most benefit.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep Maternity 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 Maternity?
Avoid taking any other multivitamin product within 2 hours before or after you take your Maternity. 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.
Maternity side effects
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, Maternity are not expected to cause serious side effects. Common side effects may include:
unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth.
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.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect Maternity?
Vitamin and mineral supplements can interact with certain medications, or affect how medications work in your body. Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using Maternity with any other medications, especially:
a diuretic or "water pill";
heart or blood pressure medications;
trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole (SMX-TMP or SMZ-TMP); or
This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect Maternity, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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