Class: Vitamin Supplement
Dosage Forms. Tablet: Containing various combinations of vitamins and minerals, including folic acid and iron
Common FDA Label Indication, Dosing, and Titration.
1. Diet supplementation during pregnancy: 1 tablet po daily
Off-Label Uses. None
MOA. Provide vitamin and mineral supplementation throughout pregnancy and during the postnatal period for both the lactating and the non-lactating mother. It is also useful for improving nutritional status prior to conception.
Drug Characteristics: Prenatal Vitamin
Medication Safety Issues: Prenatal Vitamin
Drug Interactions: Prenatal Vitamin. None known
Adverse Reactions: Prenatal Vitamin
Efficacy Monitoring Parameters. Improvement in nutritional status.
Toxicity Monitoring Parameters. Seek medical attention if severe GI distress occurs.
Key Patient Counseling Points. May contain iron, so important to keep out of the reach of children.
Clinical Pearls. Various prescription and OTC products are available. May take with food to avoid GI upset, but administration with milk will decrease extent of iron absorption.