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PRENATAL VITAMINS WITH IRON/FOLIC ACID - ORAL CHEWABLE

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

PRENATAL VITAMINS WITH IRON/FOLIC ACID - ORAL CHEWABLE

WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6 years of age. Keep this product out of reach of children. If an accidental overdose does occur, seek immediate medical attention or call a poison control center.

Uses

Vitamins are the building blocks of the body. They are used to prevent or treat a vitamin deficiency due to poor nutrition, certain illnesses, or during pregnancy.

How To Use

Chew and swallow this medication as directed. Food may affect the absorption of certain vitamin products. However, some vitamin products may be best taken with food. Consult your pharmacist. Wait at least two hours between taking iron and antacids, as well as tetracycline (e.g., minocycline) or quinolone (e.g., ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin) antibiotics.

Side Effects

This medication may cause mild nausea or unpleasant taste. Consult your doctor if any of these effects persist or become severe. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these very unlikely but serious side effects: stomach pain. An allergic reaction to this vitamin product is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: certain blood disorders (e.g., megaloblastic anemia, vitamin B-12 deficiency), intestinal diseases (e.g., ulcers or colitis). Accidental overdose of iron-containing products can be very dangerous, even fatal. Keep this medication out of the reach of children. If overdose occurs, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially of: phenytoin, chloramphenicol, penicillamine, methyldopa, levodopa, cimetidine. Because iron can cause false results in tests for blood in the stools, tell the doctor or laboratory personnel that you take iron-containing vitamins. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include unconsciousness, paleness, weak-rapid heartbeat, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or green diarrhea/tarry stools.

Notes

Iron can cause the stools to turn black in color. This is due to unabsorbed iron and is not harmful.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose. Instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture. Keep out of the reach of children.