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Your healthcare provider will need to know if you have anemia or a bleeding disorder before you can take Prenate Mini. This prenatal vitamin may cause problems for women with these medical issues, as well as those who have certain allergies. To help ensure your safety with this product and reduce your risk of complications, carefully review the warnings and precautions before starting Prenate Mini.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Prenate Mini™ if you have:
- A bleeding disorder
- Any allergies, including to foods (especially fish, blueberries, or soy), dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding.
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With Prenate MiniSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this vitamin include the following:
- Prenate Mini contains folic acid, which can "mask" anemia due to vitamin B12 deficiency. This means it will be more difficult for your healthcare provider to determine if you have a deficiency from simple blood tests. Doses of folic acid greater than 0.1 mg a day can correct anemia due to a vitamin B12 deficiency without preventing the nerve damage that can occur from deficiency. If you have anemia, talk to your healthcare provider before starting this product.
- Prenate Mini contains 350 mg of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid. High doses of omega-3 fatty acids (more than 3000 mg a day) may interfere with blood clot formation, which could increase the risk for bleeding. Although this is not expected to be a problem with the amount of DHA found in Prenate Mini, people with a bleeding disorder or those who take certain medicines may be at an increased risk (see Prenate Mini Drug Interactions). Let your healthcare provider know if you notice any unusual bleeding or bruising while taking Prenate Mini.
- The DHA in Prenate Mini comes from fish oil. Therefore, you should let your healthcare provider know if you have a fish allergy before taking this vitamin. In addition, you should know that the product may cause a fishy taste in the mouth.
- Large amounts of iron can be very dangerous to a child. In fact, iron poisoning is one of the leading causes of poisoning deaths in children under six years old. Because Prenate Mini contains iron, you should keep it out of the reach of children. Seek immediate medical help if a child, or anyone, may have taken too much (see Prenate Mini Overdose).
- Prenate Mini may react with a number of other medications (see Prenate Mini Drug Interactions).
- Prenate Mini is usually considered safe for use in women who are breastfeeding, and may even be recommended for these women. Talk to your healthcare provider about taking prenatal vitamins if you are breastfeeding a child (see Prenate Mini and Breastfeeding).