(Closed) Prenatal vitamins that aren’t FDA approved

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I just don’t understand why they wouldn’t use a common one?  Can you ask if substitution is permitted?

Post # 5
918 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I wouldn’t take them; I’d ask my doctor more something different.

Post # 6
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@bells: That’s super weird to me–especially since I would imagine a doctor would tell you a drug isn’t FDA approved.  I’d call the doctor’s office and make sure it wasn’t a mistake and request a different prenatal.

Post # 7
921 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

ya call the dr for sure. a lot of things are not fda approved but these are the most important things for your baby and you so dont risk it.

Post # 8
5096 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Someone correct me if I’m wrong, as is likely the case – but I was under the impression that the FDA doesn’t regulate (and thus approve) ANY vitamins or supplements, since they are technically neither “food” nor “drugs.” This is one reason to be super careful with whatever brand of vitamins/supplements you take, because there’s no federal oversight.

But it’s entirely possible that either A) this isn’t true anymore or B) it doesn’t apply to prenatals.

Post # 10
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - St Aloysius' College, Milson's Point

@mightywombat: I think the same thing.

I did a quick search and I am not too familiar with FDA regulations for non-therapeutics, however in Australia so called natural remedies are “listed” not approved per say and it appears that is what this is.

This website might be helpful:


However, as always obviously check with your doctor!

Post # 12
918 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@mightywombat: I think since they’re prescription they can be.

Post # 13
5388 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Navy_Wife: I think so too. My doctor gave me a few samples and she said it is okay if I took something OTC. She said that the OTC vitamins weren’t FDA approved. My husband and I were under the impression that the prescription vitamins were FDA approved. 

Post # 15
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Vitamins don’t require FDA approval in the way that prescription drugs do. Vitamins are regulated by FDA as “dietary supplements” and must meet “current Good Manufacturing Practice” (cGMP) regulations.

If you feel concerned you should definitely just your doctor. 🙂

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