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Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredBefore taking therapeutic vitamins with minerals, you should provide your doctor with your complete medical history, including any medical conditions you have or have had previously, especially alcoholism, liver disease or gastrointestinal problems. Your doctor may prescribe a formulation specifically directed toward your condition. It is important to tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or plan to become pregnant before taking vitamins with minerals, as certain vitamins and minerals, if taken in large doses, can harm the fetus of a pregnant mother or the baby of a breastfeeding mother. Always follow your doctor's directions regarding the amount of vitamins with minerals you should take, as some vitamins and minerals can cause serious side effects if taken in high doses.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.