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Re: Vitamins. I am 57, post-menopausal and have long taken

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Re: Vitamins. I am 57, post-menopausal and have long taken pre-natal vitamins as I have been a blood donor and had trouble keeping my iron levels high enough. Is it ok to continue to take Pre-Natal vitamins as my daily vitamin of choice indefintely? Thanks



Thank you for your question,


I’m Dr. Saha and I’ll try to help you.


There is a difference in the level of ingredients in prenatal vitamins than the other supplements.


Folic acid level is higher.


Iron is also more than the recommended daily allowance for your age.


However, if you suffer from iron deficiency, then you need to take more according to the deficiency.


I would to consult your doctor.


The cause of iron deficiency needs to be found out & treated accordingly.


Your calcium requirement is also higher than the prenatal vitamins usually provide.


So that amount needs to be adjusted.


I hope this information helps.


I will be happy to assist, if you need any clarification.


Please feel free for any follow up query.



Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I understand your recommendations - would ask if there is anything in a pre-natal vitamin that is harmful for someone not pregnant?

Extra doses of folic acid may mask the symptoms of other deficiency like vitamin B12.

Iron in more than normal requirements can cause toxic effect.

There can be nausea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain.etc.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I will rate and finish the inquiry but all I wanted to know if any thing that makes it a prenatal vitamin vs a regular multi vitamin would include something specific to pre-natal women that could be harmful if you are not. I take it because I'm iron deficient so no concern over too much iron - and I already take 5000 mg of B12 a day as I have Fibromyalgia and it helps. Have a good weekend

As you are iron deficient, the extra iron would not be harmful.


Again you are already taking B12 supplement too.