As is common with many prenatal vitamins, Citranatal is not available as a generic. The supplement is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and does not have an equivalence rating; this means that no generic vitamin is equivalent to brand-name Citranatal. Most pharmacists cannot dispense a generic in place of a brand-name medication unless the FDA has rated the products to be equivalent.
Is a Generic Version of Citranatal Available?
Citranatal® prenatal vitamins are specifically designed for pregnant women, although they are also useful for women before and after pregnancy. These particular prenatal vitamins are only available with a prescription. There are five different forms of Citranatal, including:
- Citranatal® DHA -- contains the standard prenatal vitamins and minerals in combination with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
- Citranatal® 90 DHA -- the same as Citranatal DHA but with more iron, DHA, and calcium
- Citranatal Assure® -- the same as Citranatal DHA but with more DHA and slightly more iron and vitamin B6
- Citranatal B-Calm® -- unlike other Citranatal vitamins, does not contain DHA
- Citranatal Harmony® -- generally fewer vitamins than Citranatal DHA, but the same amounts of DHA, folic acid, and docusate.
Citranatal prenatal vitamins are manufactured by Mission Pharmacal Company. There are no generic versions of Citranatal products available.
What If My Pharmacy Doesn't Have Citranatal?
There are many different prenatal vitamins currently on the market, and a pharmacy cannot possibly stock every single brand. If your pharmacy does not carry Citranatal prenatal vitamins, you have a few different options.
You can take your prescription (or have it transferred) to a different pharmacy that carries Citranatal; you can have your healthcare provider give you a prescription for a different prenatal vitamin; or you can ask your pharmacy to stock Citranatal for you.