Prenate Essential Warnings and Precautions
Before you start taking Prenate Essential, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any allergies you have, as well as if you have a bleeding disorder. If you have anemia, it's especially important to be aware of the precautions and warnings for Prenate Essential. This vitamin contains folate, which can mask a certain type of anemia in simple blood tests.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Prenate® Essential if you have:
- A bleeding disorder
- An allergy to fish
- Any other allergies, including to foods, 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 EssentialSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this prenatal vitamin include the following:
- Prenate Essential contains folic acid, which can mask anemia due to vitamin B12 deficiency. This means it will be more difficult to determine if you have vitamin B12 deficiency from simple blood tests. If you have anemia, talk to your healthcare provider before starting Prenatal Essential.
- This vitamin contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid. High doses of omega-3 fatty acids may increase the risk for bleeding. Although this is not expected to be a problem with the doses of DHA found in Prenate Essential, you should let your healthcare provider know if you have a bleeding disorder. Also, tell your healthcare provider if you notice any unusual bleeding or bruising while taking this medicine.
- The DHA in Prenate Essential comes from fish oil. Therefore, you should let your healthcare provider know if you have a fish allergy before taking this vitamin.
- The iron found in Prenate Essential can be fatal if consumed in large amounts by a child. In fact, iron poisoning is one of the leading causes of poisoning deaths in children under six years old. Keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children. Seek immediate medical help if a child, or anyone else, may have taken too much Prenate Essential (see Prenate Essential Overdose).
- Prenate Essential may react with a number of other medications (see Prenate Essential Drug Interactions).
- Prenate Essential is usually considered safe for use in women who are nursing. Talk to your healthcare provider about taking prenatal vitamins if you are breastfeeding a child (see Prenate Essential and Breastfeeding).