Folic Acid

How It Works:

Folic acid is a component of the B group of vitamins and is necessary for the normal production and maturation of red blood cells.

Side Effects:

Nausea, allergic reaction ., bitter taste in the mouth, sleeping disturbances, bloating, depression, loss of appetite

Used For:

Folic acid is used for the treatment of: anemia due to folic acid deficiency caused by poor diet, poor absorption of food or increased requirement of folate in the body (as in pregnancy). For prevention of: folate deficiency caused by some medicines and folate deficiency caused by long-term red blood cell damage or kidney dialysis.

Instructions:

  • Do not take folic acid, if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to folic acid or any of the other ingredients.
  • Talk to your doctor, if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Does folic acid contain iron? Can I take folic acid with iron supplement?Folic acid is a component of the B group of vitamins. It does not contain iron and can be taken with iron supplement.
Q. Does vitamin D have folic acid?Folic acid is a component of the B group of vitamins and it does not have Vitamin D.
Q. Is folic acid good for everyone/skin/health/polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)/hair loss/anemia?Everyone needs folic acid for good health. It is good for skin, hair, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and anemia. However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding the use of folic acid.
Q. Is folic acid necessary before pregnancy? Can I take folic acid without being pregnant?Folic acid is usually indicated in the treatment of megaloblastic anemia of pregnancy caused by poor diet, poor absorption of food or when requirements of folic acid are markedly increased during pregnancy and deficiency can lead to neural tube defects in babies (spina bifida). In addition folic acid is also used for prevention of folate deficiency caused by some medicines (e.g. phenytoin, phenobarbital and primidone used to treat epilepsy), folate deficiency caused by long-term red blood cell damage or kidney dialysis However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding the use of folic acid.
Q. Is Folvite safe during pregnancy?Folvite is trade name for active drug folic acid. Folic acid is safe for use in pregnancy. However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding the dose and duration of use of folic acid.
Q. Can I take folic acid during period/ovulation/in-vitro fertilization (IVF)?Folic acid has no known effect on periods and ovulation. It may be prescribed by your doctor during in-vitro fertilization, as it is usually indicated in the treatment of megaloblastic anemia of pregnancy.
Q. Can I take folic acid during breastfeeding/ lactation?Folic Acid is excreted in the milk of lactating mothers; During lactation, folic acid requirements are markedly increased; however, amounts present in human milk are is adequate to fulfill infant requirements. Supplementation may be needed in low-birth-weight infants, in those who are breast-fed by mothers with folic acid deficiency or in those with infections of prolonged diarrhea.
Q. Does folic acid delay periods/increase chances of getting pregnant/conception?Folic acid has no known effect on delaying periods or increasing chances of conception.
Q. What is Folvite/ Fol123/ Folvite MB tablet used for?Folvite/ Fol123/ Folvite MB are the trade names for active drug folic acid. Folvite contains only folic acid which is a component of the B group of vitamins. While Fol123/ Folvite MB, in addition to folic acid also has other forms of vitamin B. Folic acid is usually indicated in the treatment of megaloblastic anemia of pregnancy caused by poor diet, poor absorption of food, or when requirements of folic acid are markedly increased during pregnancy, and deficiency can lead to neural tube defects in babies (spina bifida). In addition folic acid is also used for prevention of folate deficiency caused by some medicines (e.g. phenytoin, phenobarbital and primidone used to treat epilepsy), folate deficiency caused by long-term red blood cell damage or kidney dialysis However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding the dose and duration of use of folic acid.
Q. How long can I take folic acid for? Can I take folic acid for a year?Always follow the instructions of doctor regarding the dosage and duration.
Q. Does folic acid have side effects increase weight/acidity?Folic acid may have rare side effect like acidity, while it has no known effect on weight gain.
Q. Can I take folic acid with milk?Folic acid has no known interactions with milk.
Q. Can I take folic acid with birth control?Folic acid supplementation does not affect birth control, and can be taken if you are suffering from anemia due to folic acid deficiency However, always follow the advice of the doctor regarding the dose and duration of use of folic acid.
Q. Can I take folic acid with Clomid (clomiphene-a non-steroidal fertility medicine)?Folic acid can be taken with Clomid. As it is usually indicated in the treatment of megaloblastic anemia of pregnancy caused by poor diet, poor absorption of food, or when requirements of folic acid are markedly increased during pregnancy, and where deficiency can cause neural tube defects in babies (spina bifida). In addition folic acid is also used for prevention of folate deficiency caused by some medicines (e.g. phenytoin, phenobarbital and primidone used to treat epilepsy); folate deficiency caused by long-term red blood cell damage or kidney dialysis However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding the dose and duration of use of folic acid.
Q. Can I take folic acid with methotrexate/warfarin/calcium/metformin/antibiotics?Folic acid may interact with medicines such as methotrexate/sulfonamide antibiotics (sulfasalazine, cotrimoxazole etc). It has no known effect if taken with warfarin/calcium/ metformin.
Q. Can I take folic acid with multivitamin/pregnacare (vitamin supplement)/prenatal vitamins (Prenatal vitamins are vitamin and mineral supplements intended to be taken before and during pregnancy and during postnatal lactation)?Folic acid can be taken with multivitamin/pregnacare/prenatal vitamins.
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