TheraNatal Warnings and Precautions
You can buy TheraNatal without a prescription -- however, it's still a good idea to consult your doctor before using this vitamin if you have anemia or a bleeding disorder. TheraNatal may cause problems for women with these medical issues, as well as those who have certain allergies. To reduce your risk of these and other complications, carefully review the warnings and precautions before starting TheraNatal.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking TheraNatal® 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.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this vitamin include the following:
- Like all prenatal vitamins, TheraNatal contains folic acid. Taking folic acid supplements can make it difficult for your healthcare provider to determine if you have certain types of anemia from simple blood tests. If you have anemia, talk to your healthcare provider before starting TheraNatal.
- TheraNatal Complete and TheraNatal Lactation Support contain the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). High doses of omega-3 fatty acids may increase the risk for bleeding, including serious internal bleeding. Although this is not expected to be a problem with the doses of DHA found in TheraNatal, you should let your healthcare provider know if you have a bleeding disorder or if you notice any unusual bleeding or bruising while taking this vitamin.
- The DHA in TheraNatal is derived from fish oil. The fish oil used in the product is considered safe, as each batch is tested to make sure there are no contaminants or mercury. However, you should let your healthcare provider know if you have a fish allergy before taking this vitamin.
- The iron found in TheraNatal 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 younger than 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 TheraNatal (see TheraNatal Overdose).
- TheraNatal may react with a number of other medications (see TheraNatal Drug Interactions).
- TheraNatal is usually considered safe for use in women who are breastfeeding. TheraNatal Lactation Support is specially formulated for use in women who are nursing (see TheraNatal and Breastfeeding).