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Gesticare is a prenatal vitamin that is available by prescription only. It contains a variety of different vitamins and minerals that are important for a healthy pregnancy. Unlike other prenatal vitamins, this product is specially designed to improve the absorption of calcium and iron (two minerals that typically interact with each other). The supplement comes in tablet form and is taken once a day.

What Is Gesticare?

Gesticare™ is a prenatal vitamin. This particular prenatal vitamin is specially designed to allow for improved calcium and iron absorption. Gesticare also comes in combination with DHA (see Gesticare DHA for more information). This supplement is available only with a prescription.
 
(Regular Gesticare is no longer being manufactured. Gesticare DHA is still available.)
 
(Click Gesticare Uses for more information on what Gesticare is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Who Makes Gesticare?

Gesticare is made by Azur Pharma, Inc.
 

How Does Gesticare Work?

Gesticare contains a variety of different vitamins and minerals. These nutrients are important for a healthy pregnancy, and many pregnant women may not get enough of these nutrients, for various reasons. Probably most importantly, this prenatal vitamin contains folic acid, which is important to prevent certain birth defects, such as spina bifida. It also contains iron, calcium, and various other vitamins and minerals.
 
Unlike other prenatal vitamins, Gesticare is specially designed to improve the absorption of calcium and iron. These two minerals interact with each other and (if taken at the same time) decrease each other's absorption. To avoid this problem, the iron in Gesticare is immediate-release (is dissolved in the stomach), while the calcium is specially coated to dissolve in the small intestine.
 
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