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Vitamins: RX vs. OTC

Hi All,

Yay, my first post haha. I am wondering how many of you have prescription prenatal vitamins vs. over the counter. I was given prescription vitamins by my dr. and one of the girls in my office is like "well I just go to Target" and seemed half frightened and half p.o.'d that there there are prescription vitamins and she didn't know. I'm wondering if they're worth the expense.

Oh ya, mine are Nexa Select w/plant DHA 

Thoughts? 

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Re: Vitamins: RX vs. OTC

  • To be honest, I don't really understand why someone would need prescription prenatals.  I don't actually even take a true prenatal.  I take a regular women's multivitamin and extra folic acid.

    Can someone enlighten me about Rx prenatals?

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  • there is no difference.  Some Rx ones contain a stool softner if you're having trouble with that while pg, but thats about it.  Oh, and the fact that insurance probably covers the Rx ones but not if you buy them OTC :)
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  • The rx ones have slightly more folic acid per table (1mg vs. 0.8mg in the OTC). I'm a pharmacist and I just took the OTC ones throughout my pregnancy and BFing.
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  • I take OTC.  I also did when I was pregnant.  Your doctor will talk to you about it at your first prenatal appt. and will let you know if what your are taking is sufficient.  For the time being, I think any prenatal (OTC or Rx) is better than not taking one at all.
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  • image mrssqueegy:

    To be honest, I don't really understand why someone would need prescription prenatals.  I don't actually even take a true prenatal.  I take a regular women's multivitamin and extra folic acid.

    Can someone enlighten me about Rx prenatals?

    Prescription usually contain 1 mg of folic acid while most OTC prenatals contain only 800 mcg. Mine also had higher iron levels. It was great while we had tri care because they were dirt cheap, but otherwise they were $35 a month. No thanks.

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  • image GhostMonkey:
    image mrssqueegy:

    To be honest, I don't really understand why someone would need prescription prenatals.  I don't actually even take a true prenatal.  I take a regular women's multivitamin and extra folic acid.

    Can someone enlighten me about Rx prenatals?

    Prescription usually contain 1 mg of folic acid while most OTC prenatals contain only 800 mcg. Mine also had higher iron levels. It was great while we had tri care because they were dirt cheap, but otherwise they were $35 a month. No thanks.

    Ah, I see now.  Thanks!

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  • my doc said OTC were fine. i got a prescription anyways to see how much they would be with my insurance. turns out it $35 for 30. the OTC ones i take are about $10 for 50. i am sticking to OTC
  • I use CVS brand. I don't understand the difference or need for RX prenatals. 
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  • The Rx prenatals usually have higher amounts of folic acid and the ones I used (it was called PreNexa and I only used it after the doctor confirmed with a blood test) had plant-based DHA as well. I used Nature Made OTC prior to getting pregnant and now.
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  • I use RX prenatal because military gave them to me for free! I rather not pay if I can get them for free.






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  • image talesha04:

    I use RX prenatal because military gave them to me for free! I rather not pay if I can get them for free.

    The military did not give them to you for free. Your insuance that is through the military covers the cost of your Rx prenatals. There is a world of difference between things being tossed out for free and insurance covering things 100%.

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  • well excuse me for not stating that the correct way.





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