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Since prenatal vitamins (including Gesticare) are not FDA-approved, there is limited side effect information for these products. Side effects of Gesticare may include diarrhea or constipation, loss of appetite, and headaches. If you find that the side effects of this product are intolerable for you, please ask your healthcare provider for assistance (rather than just stop taking the prenatal vitamin).

An Introduction to Gesticare Side Effects

(Regular Gesticare is no longer being manufactured. Gesticare DHA is still available.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Gesticare™ prenatal vitamins. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. 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 this supplement. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Gesticare side effects with you.)

Possible Side Effects of Gesticare

Many of the possible side effects with Gesticare are also some of the common aches, pains, and annoyances that are common during pregnancy. Therefore, it can be difficult to tell if a particular side effect is caused by the supplement or by the pregnancy itself. However, if a side effect suddenly appears (or gets worse) when you start taking Gesticare, it may be reasonable to assume that the vitamin may be causing the problem.
Prenatal vitamins (even prescription-only prenatal vitamins) do not need the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and they are usually not studied as thoroughly as other types of medications. Therefore, detailed information about the possible side effects of prenatal vitamins is not available. However, based on side effects of the individual components of Gesticare, the following side effects are possible:
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Yellow or orange urine discoloration
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Gas or belching
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Intestinal cramps
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Loss of appetite.
If you find that the side effects of Gesticare are intolerable for you, please ask your healthcare provider for assistance (rather than just stop taking the prenatal vitamin). It is important to get enough folic acid (and certain other vitamins and minerals) during pregnancy, and your healthcare provider may have some useful suggestions or may recommend a different prenatal vitamin.
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