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Doctor insights on: Can I Take A Prenatal Vitamin If I'm Not Pregnant

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I've been diagnosed with major depressive disorder, appetite lost. Can i take prenatal vitamins though i'm not pregnant to replace those lost?

I've been diagnosed with major depressive disorder, appetite lost. Can i take prenatal vitamins though i'm not pregnant to replace those lost?

Yes: Yes, prenatal vitamins are fine -- however, are you also on some medicine for your depression? You don't list any, and vitamins alone will probably not be enough to help your depression. If you haven't already, please consult a psychiatrist -- if this psychiatrist does not also do talk therapy, you'll benefit from seeing a psychologist as well. ...Read more

Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Can I have a vitamin d deficiency even though i take a prenatal vitamin (not pregnant) everyday that has 100% of daily value? Bone pain. I have itp.

Can I have a vitamin d deficiency even though i take a prenatal vitamin (not pregnant) everyday that has 100% of daily value? Bone pain. I have itp.

Think ITP: Think like a doctor: you have a diagnosis -- itp. Before you look for another cause of your "bone" (leg?) pain, try to connect it with your established diagnosis. Itp is a pro-clotting disorder; could your "bone" pain be in fact due to a blood clot in a deep vein? This – but not vitamin d deficiency – would be my first (and major) concern. ...Read more

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Having hypothyroidism is it safe to take prenatal vitamin and biotin even if i'm not pregnant?

Having hypothyroidism is it safe to take prenatal vitamin and biotin even if i'm not pregnant?

Yes: Having hypothryroidism does not affect your need for vitamins. The only concern is that taking calcium supplements can interfere with absorption of thyroid hormone, so if the penatal vitamin has calcium take it at least 2 hours after taking thyroid. Also, i advise having your doctor check your free T3 level- if not in the upper half of the normal range consider adding liothyronine (t3). ...Read more

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Is it okay to take 1 prenatal vitamin, 1 Azo yeast pill, and the 3 required hair skin and nail vitamins in 1 day? And no, I'm not pregnant.

Is it okay to take 1 prenatal vitamin, 1 Azo yeast pill, and the 3 required hair skin and nail vitamins in 1 day? And no, I'm not pregnant.

Skin and nail: You may be taking more Vitamins than you need. The Prenatal Vitamin likely has everything you need. Too many Vitamins can actually cause more harm than good. You would have to read the contents of the skin and nail Vitamins and see if they overlap with the prenatal (which they likely do). Then total all of it up to see if you exceed safe levels. One Vitamin a day is usually enough ...Read more

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Can I take my GNC Hair, Skin, Nail vitamin along with my prenatal vitamin? I'm currently 4 months pregnant. I stopped taking them after 1 month.

Can I take my GNC Hair, Skin, Nail vitamin along with my prenatal vitamin? I'm currently 4 months pregnant. I stopped taking them after 1 month.

Ask your OB MD: Your treating OB MD is the person you should ask this question as they will have done your history and examined you and will know the appropriate answer. ...Read more

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I had a MC on May, Currently taking Vitex and prenatal vitamin while TTC, Should i continue to take Vitex if i fall pregnant to prevent another MC?

I had a MC on May, Currently taking Vitex and prenatal vitamin while TTC,  Should  i continue to take Vitex if i fall pregnant to prevent another MC?

Talk to your doctor: While Vitex may help support progesterone, it is not proven to be enough to help to maintain pregnancy in women with insufficient levels of progesterone causing early pregnancy loss. You should talk to your doctor about more sustained progesterone treatment, if this was a factor for your miscarriage. ...Read more

Prenatal Vitamin (Definition)

Prenatal vitamins have most of the constituents of a regualr multivitamin but a higher dose of folci acid (at least 800 mcg). Folic acid is important to the fetus to make sure the neural tube develops ...Read more