PreCare products contain a variety of vitamins and minerals and are specifically designed for pregnant women. These prenatal vitamins are available only by prescription and come in two forms. Both products are sold as a tablet that is taken once a day. These products contain 1 mg of folic acid per dose (this may help prevent birth defects). Possible side effects include nausea, constipation, and diarrhea.
What Is PreCare?
(PreCare is no longer being manufactured and should no longer be sold in the United States. Please consult your healthcare provider for further information.)
PreCare Premium™ and PreCare® Chewables are prescription prenatal vitamins. These two products contain similar (but not identical) vitamins and minerals, but PreCare Chewables are (as you might guess) chewable, while PreCare Premium tablets are not.
(Click PreCare Uses for more information on what PreCare is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
How Does PreCare Work?PreCare prenatal vitamins (including PreCare Chewables) contain a variety of vitamins and minerals that are important for a healthy pregnancy. Probably most importantly, these products both contain folic acid (1 mg per day), which helps to prevent certain birth defects, such as spina bifida. They also contain iron, calcium, and a variety of other vitamins and minerals.
PreCare Premium (but not PreCare Chewables) contains docusate sodium, a stool softener that can help relieve constipation (which is common during pregnancy and can be made worse by prenatal vitamins).