Citracal Prenatal + DHA Warnings and Precautions
There are several Citracal Prenatal + DHA warnings and precautions to be aware of before taking the prenatal vitamins. For example, tell your healthcare provider if you have a bleeding disorder, anemia, or any other allergies. Citracal Prenatal + DHA can mask certain types of anemia and may increase the risk of bleeding if you take more than the recommended dosage.
Citracal Prenatal + DHA: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Citracal® Prenatal + DHA or Citracal Prenatal 90 + DHA prenatal vitamins if you have:
- A bleeding disorder
- Any other allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Citracal Prenatal + DHA products have been discontinued by the manufacturer. They have been replaced by the Citranatal line of products. The Citranatal products are very similar to Citracal Prenatal + DHA products but have slight differences. There are now more formulations to choose from, and the formulations no longer include vitamin A and vitamin B12.
(Click Citranatal for more information on the current formulation of these products.)
Specific Precautions and Warnings for Citracal Prenatal + DHASome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Citracal Prenatal + DHA include the following:
- Some forms of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are derived from fish oils, and may contain heavy metals (like mercury) or cause problems for people with fish allergies. However, the DHA in this prenatal vitamin does not come from fish and will not cause such problems.
- Citracal Prenatal + DHA products contain folic acid, which can mask certain types of anemia. This means that if you take enough folic acid, certain types of anemia may not show up on blood tests. However, this does not apply to all types of anemia. If you have anemia, check with your healthcare provider before taking Citracal Prenatal + DHA.
- High doses of omega-3 fatty acids (such as the DHA in Citracal Prenatal + DHA) can increase the risk of bleeding, although this is not expected to be a problem at the recommended Citracal Prenatal + DHA dosage. However, if you have a bleeding disorder, please discuss this with your healthcare provider before taking Citracal Prenatal + DHA.
- Citracal Prenatal + DHA can potentially interact with a few other medications (see the Citracal Prenatal + DHA Drug Interactions link to the right).
- Citracal Prenatal + DHA products are usually considered safe for women who are breastfeeding (see the Citracal Prenatal + DHA and Breastfeeding link to the right).