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Since prenatal vitamins are usually not studied as extensively as other types of medications, it is not known exactly what PrimaCare side effects may occur. Side effects that have been seen with the individual components of PrimaCare, however, include headache, insomnia, and fatigue. Potentially serious side effects of PrimaCare that require medical attention include unusual bleeding or bruising, severe nausea or vomiting, and allergic reactions.

An Introduction to PrimaCare Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with PrimaCare® and PrimaCare One prenatal vitamins. However, not everyone who takes the supplement will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with PrimaCare. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of PrimaCare side effects with you.)

Possible PrimaCare Side Effects

Because prenatal vitamins do not need approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they are usually not studied as extensively as other types of medications. As a result, detailed information about the possible side effects of prenatal vitamins is not available. However, based on side effects of the individual components of PrimaCare, the following side effects are possible:
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Gas or belching
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Metallic taste
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Headaches
  • Intestinal cramps
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Yellow-orange discoloration of the urine
  • Flushing
  • Loss of appetite.
As you can see, many of the possible side effects are also some of the common aches, pains, and annoyances that are common during pregnancy. Therefore, it can be difficult to tell whether PrimaCare or the pregnancy itself is causing a particular side effect.
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