Femibion - Use | Dose | Side Effects
This article was medically reviewed by M.Pharm, Marko Tanaskovic on August 12, 2018. To read more about an author, click here.
Femibion is a pregnancy multivitamin. There are two types of Femibion (Femibion 1 and Femibion 2). Femibion 1 can be used from the time you plan to become pregnant until the end of the third month of pregnancy. Femibion 2 can be used from the fourth month of pregnancy until the end of breastfeeding.
Femibion 1 is a medicine that contains the following vitamins:
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
- Vitamin B3 (nicotinamide)
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B7 (biotin)
- Vitamin B9 (folic acid)
- Vitamin B12
- L-methylfolate (the active form of folic acid)
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
This medicine contains the active form of folic acid. Folic acid is not active in the body, but through a number of processes in your body it is converted to L-methylfolate which then exerts its benefits in the body.
Some studies shown that a large number of women converts only a small part of folic acid into its active form. Therefore, using this multivitamin helps you avoid the lack of folic acid, because it contains folic acid in its active form.
Folic acid is essential during pregnancy and helps prevent neural tube defects. Folic acid needs in pregnant women are significantly increased. It is almost impossible to get the recommended amounts of this vitamin just from food, therefore you should use multivitamin.
This medicine also contains iodine which is essential for normal mental development. However, because it contains iodine, Femibion must be used only with extra precautions in pregnant women with thyroid problems.
Femibion should be avoided in pregnant women allergic to any of the vitamins contained in this medicine. If you are experiencing symptoms, such as:
discontinue use and call your doctor.
It should be used with extra precautions in pregnant women with the thyroid problems.
It should be avoided in patients who have a high level of vitamins in the blood (hypervitaminosis).
If you are already taking another multivitamin, you should not ever start usisn Femibion on your own. Talk to your doctor about which multivitamin you need to take. Concomitant use of more than one multivitamins in pregnant women, can lead to hypervitaminosis and can harm your baby.
How to use
Femibion should be taken once a day with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the tablet, but swallow it whole.
It is best to take this medicine during a meal (preferably with lunch). Do not take this medicine during the day when you have nausea (e.g. in the morning if you have morning sickness). If you vomit within 10 minutes after taking this medicine, take this medicine again. You should take this medicine always at the same time of day.
Use with other medicines (Interactions)
Femibion should be avoided in combination with the following medicines:
- Antacids, such as:
- aluminum hydroxide,
- magnesium hydroxide,
- hydrotalcite and others. These medicine can decrease the level of Femibion in the blood. Avoid taking an antacid within 3 hours before or after taking Femibion.
- Medicines used to treat thyroid diseases, such as:
- methimazole and others.
Tell your doctor about all medications and herbal products you are taking.
Femibion causes mild side effects so there is no need to stop taking this medicine. However, if you are experiencing any side effects and you think that is caused by Femibion, inform your doctor.
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