Is there a difference? I currently take Prefera OB One but with my insurance, it is still $30 for a month supply . We can afford it, but still! My OB prescribed it. she e gave me a bunch of different samples to try out, i guess to see if any one of them made me sick, but none did so he just prescribed that one. It is my first pregnancy too so i'm wondering if that has to do with the fact as well that she prescribed it for me. Before the pregnancy, i was taking a regular multivitamin plus a separate 400 mcg folic acid pill. What kind of prenatals did you ladies take?
the biggest difference between OTC vitamins and prescription ones are that most of the time, the prescription ones have some more folic acid then the OTC ones. personally, i took a generic prenatal (folcal DHA) which was the generic for prenexa DHA, and it worked out well for me. most importantly, it had the proper amounts of vitamins i needed, it contained DHA (not all prenatals do),and it was kosher. also, it was $9/90 day supply through my insurance.
I took prenate DHA which are prescription prenatal vitamins. At first we paid 35 dollars even after our insurance paid half. Then something changed with our insurance and they were free so it was great! I had many friends that bought over the counter prenatals and were completely covered with the vitamins they needed. I think if you compare labels and also ask your OB everything will be fine.
I had a prescription for Prenatal Elite for my first pregnancy, and then switched doctors for my second, and my second doctor told me just to take generics as long as they had the DHA and extra folate in them. I actually found the generics were easier on my stomach, and I didn't feel nearly as sick after taking them.
I think if it's basically a multi vitamin for pregnancy, I think generics can be okay. I think you need to find out which vitamin provides the best "mode of transport" through your system.
The only catch with generic, I have heard that if you should develop any serious to severe side affects from any kind of drug (I'm not talking about solely prenatal) while on a generic version, it would be very hard to bring any kind of lawsuit against the generic, not because it is a lesser product or is different, it is just the legality. Basically, the generic companies cannot be sued. It's only the brandname that would be held liable because they developed the med. Generics don't fall under their responsibility. At least that is what I've heard of a US Supreme Court ruling.
I don't there is any difference and my obgyns confirmed that, although if you have a specific problem and require a specific type of prenatals, like I had scary preeclampsia withy first and was prescribed PreQue10 to significantly reduce a reoccurrence and it seemed to work. Then again there was no proof the vitamins prevented that.