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Prescription Prenatal Vitamins Versus Over-the-Counter Prenatal Vitamins

October 4, 2016

There is no disputing that pregnant women should take a prenatal vitamin. Women should begin prenatal vitamin supplementation at least one month before conception. However, if a pregnancy is unplanned, an expecting mother should start taking prenatal vitamins as soon as she knows she is pregnant.

When it comes to prenatal vitamins, many women choose the lowest-cost option they can purchase over the counter. However, there are several benefits to taking a prescription prenatal vitamin instead of an over-the-counter generic. Below are the unique benefits that products in the Prenate® Vitamin Family provide and that make them different from over-the- counter prenatal vitamins.

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Pharmaceutical Grade

Supplements that are considered pharmaceutical grade are 99% pure, which means they contain no binders, fillers, dyes or unknown substances. The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monitors and regulates the manufacturing process and ingredients in the Prenate® Vitamin Family. By not settling for anything less than pharmaceutical grade supplements, expecting mothers are assured that their supplements contain the nutrients they need and no added or harmful fillers.

Quality

Surprisingly, the over-the-counter supplement industry is not regulated by the FDA. Although supplements are consumed, they are not regulated like the foods that we eat. However, the FDA does monitor and regulate pharmaceutical prenatal vitamins. This means that expecting mothers can rest easy knowing that the quality of products in the Prenate® Vitamin Family is backed by the FDA.

Patented Ingredients with Proven Benefits

Some over-the-counter prenatal vitamins may contain folic acid, iron and calcium. However, they do not contain patented nutrient forms. Prenate® Vitamin Family products contain patented nutrient forms with scientifically proven benefits.

  • Quatrefolic® is a patented form of folic acid that is found in some Prenate® Vitamin Family products. It is bioavailable to all women regardless of their ability to process folic acid. Every Prenate® product provides 1 mg of folate, as a blend of bioavailable Quatrefolic®, plus traditional folic acid.1
  • Sumalate® is a patented form of iron found in several Prenate® Vitamin Family products, including Prenate Mini® and Prenate Pixie®. It is about three times more bioavailable than common iron forms. This means that a smaller dose is more efficient.2,3,4 Plus, patients report less nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain with Sumalate® than other common iron forms.3,5,6
  • FormiCal® is a patented form of calcium formate. Several Prenate® vitamins contain FormiCal®. It is gentle on the gastrointestinal tract.7 Plus, it is absorbed more rapidly and more efficiently, and to a greater extent than calcium citrate and calcium carbonate (common forms of calcium in over-the-counter prenatal vitamins).7

Prescription Prenatal Vitamins to Support Mother & Baby

Prenate® is a leading provider of prescription prenatal vitamins and is committed to providing nutritional support for mothers and babies. With products designed with the patient in mind, Prenate® offers a line of prescription prenatal vitamins for the stages and special needs of each pregnancy. Talk to your doctor to see if Prenate® vitamins may be right for you to help fill nutritional gaps.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

WARNING: Ingestion of more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA) per day has been shown to have potential antithrombotic effects, including an increased bleeding time and International Normalized Ratio (INR). Administration of omega-3 fatty acids should be avoided in patients taking anticoagulants and in those known to have an inherited or acquired predisposition to bleeding.

This site and its contents are an information resource only, and are neither intended to nor should be used in replacement of your doctor or other prescribing professional’s medical guidance, recommendations or advice. Neither this site nor its information should be used or relied upon for any diagnostic, medical, treatment, nutritional or other purpose. All aspects of pregnancy, including whether pregnancy is right for you, and the nourishment and care of your child, should be made with your doctor and other appropriate medical professional, and in consideration of your and your child’s particular medical history. Avion Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Avion”) makes no representation, warranty or other undertaking that this site or its information are appropriate for you or your child’s specific needs or issues, and further expressly disclaims all damages, losses, injuries or liability whatsoever incurred or alleged to have been incurred in consequence of your reliance on the information on this site. Avion does not endorse any test, procedure, treatment, remedy, therapy, cure, nutritional regimen, method or other activity or undertaking that you and/or your doctor or other medical professional may elect or recommend. By visiting this site you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that you have read and understand the same. These terms and conditions, together with any information on this site, may be amended, restated or otherwise changed from time to time and at any time by Avion within the sole, absolute and uncontrolled exercise of its discretion. You acknowledge and agree that Avion has no duty or obligation to keep you informed of any amendments to, restatements of or other changes to these terms and conditions or this site, and that you are solely and exclusively responsible for apprising yourself of the same.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

WARNING: Ingestion of more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA) per day has been shown to have potential antithrombotic effects, including an increased bleeding time and International Normalized Ratio (INR). Administration of omega-3 fatty acids should be avoided in patients taking anticoagulants and in those known to have an inherited or acquired predisposition to bleeding.

This site and its contents are an information resource only, and are neither intended to nor should be used in replacement of your doctor or other prescribing professional’s medical guidance, recommendations or advice. Neither this site nor its information should be used or relied upon for any diagnostic, medical, treatment, nutritional or other purpose. All aspects of pregnancy, including whether pregnancy is right for you, and the nourishment and care of your child, should be made with your doctor and other appropriate medical professional, and in consideration of your and your child’s particular medical history. Avion Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Avion”) makes no representation, warranty or other undertaking that this site or its information are appropriate for you or your child’s specific needs or issues, and further expressly disclaims all damages, losses, injuries or liability whatsoever incurred or alleged to have been incurred in consequence of your reliance on the information on this site. Avion does not endorse any test, procedure, treatment, remedy, therapy, cure, nutritional regimen, method or other activity or undertaking that you and/or your doctor or other medical professional may elect or recommend. By visiting this site you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that you have read and understand the same. These terms and conditions, together with any information on this site, may be amended, restated or otherwise changed from time to time and at any time by Avion within the sole, absolute and uncontrolled exercise of its discretion. You acknowledge and agree that Avion has no duty or obligation to keep you informed of any amendments to, restatements of or other changes to these terms and conditions or this site, and that you are solely and exclusively responsible for apprising yourself of the same.

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