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do prenatal vitamins expire

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience Integrative Medicine
Yes: Check the expiry date on the bottle.

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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bryan Levey
26 years experience Pediatrics
Wrong question: A better question is, "is taking expired prenatal vitamins effective?" the answer is, maybe. The expiration date is the date beyond which the manufa ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Eric Kelts
24 years experience Neurology
Possibly, but why?: You would probably be ok taking these vitamins, but I would recommend getting new ones. There is still some risk that the potency of the expired vita ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Crabb
45 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Decreased dose: By using expired prenatal vitamins, you may not be getting the full dose intended. Talk to your physician.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bryan Levey
26 years experience Pediatrics
Not usually: They vary a bit, but in general, most contain at least: 400 mcg of folic acid, 400 iu of vitamin d, 200 to 300 mg of calcium, 70 mg of vitamin ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
36 years experience Holistic Medicine
Yes: Most biologically active substances lose potency over time. The expiration date is not always accurate but unless you know better, you should follow i ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Weissberg
54 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
When pregnant: When they are pregnant . But you should start taking Folic Acid before pregnancy begins.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Hom
29 years experience Pediatrics
Healthy diet: I recommend a healthy diet with adequate protein, calories and calcium. Be sure to get enough folic acid (in most bread and cereal products) or take ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Daily: You can start taking vitamins immediately and continue on a daily basis.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rahil Malik
9 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Unlikely: It is unlikely that your fertility hinges on your multivitamin intakes. Often your body is able to absorb important nutrients from the food we eat. A ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Schneider
33 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
No don't have to but: It may be a good idea, but you don't have too. Many people do not eat a well balanced diet full of all the micronutrients that their bodies needs. Goo ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
A non pregnant: Woman can take them but if you are not preg or breast feeding a good multi-vitamin would be better.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: In fact you can get everything you need from an over-the-counter adult multivitamin or two flintstones chewables.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
Yes: No problem.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Check label: Usually no but you can check the label on the particular brand that you have and see if biotin is listed on the packaging.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Simant Shah
11 years experience Emergency Medicine
No: Taking prenatal vitamins do not help you get pregnant faster. Good luck!
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Good question: Need not be. I guess drug company profits. However, a generic prenatal with Folic Acid and dha should also suffice.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Whiting
26 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not likely: Prenatal vitamins are designed to be safe in pregnancy. They shouldn't make you spot. If you are spotting, you should see your Ob and find out why. ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Allan Goldstein
55 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Vitamins do not cause or make getting pregnant easier.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
No: Vitamins only help if you do not eat well or have increased need like in pregnancy. But they do not improve your fertility. So do not waste money on t ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Manjeet Singh
9 years experience Cardiac Electrophysiology
Yes: Yes you may take these two supplements together.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Rivera Jimenez
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Prenatal vit: Some prental vitamins can have side effects like nausea, vomiting, bloating etc, it depends how you take them and what ingredients it has.

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