Folic Acid 5mg (5,000mcg) 100...
Folic Acid 5mg (5,000mcg) 100 Capsules
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Folic acid is a B vitamin that is an essential requirement of the body. It is needed for making the genetic material of cells (DNA), and thus for growth and development. Folic acid is particularly important for the maintenance of a healthy nervous system and in the formation of red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body.
A normal diet usually provides sufficient folic acid. A deficiency may occur due to poor diet, or in diseases of the small intestine that impair the absorption of vitamins consumed in food. It may also occur in pregnancy, due to an increased need for folic acid, and in people having kidney dialysis, since this removes folic acid from the blood. Certain medicines used to treat epilepsy can also cause a folic acid deficiency, as they interfere with the body's normal breakdown of folic acid.
A deficiency of folic acid can cause a reduction in numbers of red blood cells in the blood, since folic acid is essential for their production. This is one cause of anaemia. Folic acid supplements are given to allow red blood cell production to increase in folate deficiency anaemia.
A daily supplement of folic acid should also be taken by all women who are trying to conceive. This should be continued during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. This is essential for the development of the baby's spinal cord and nervous system, and to help prevent birth defects known as neural tube defects. These include spina bifida and malformations such as cleft palate or cleft lip.
For most women, the recommended dose of folic acid for this purpose is 400 micrograms daily. (See the links at the end of this factsheet for available products containing this dose.) However some women have a high risk of conceiving a baby with neural tube defects. If you or your partner, or someone in you or your partner's family, have a neural tube defect such as spina bifida, you fall into this higher risk group. You are also at higher risk if you have had a previous pregnancy affected by a neural tube defect, or if you have coeliac disease (or other malabsorption state), diabetes mellitus, sickle-cell anaemia, or are taking antiepileptic medicines. Women in these higher risk groups are advised to take a five milligram dose of folic acid daily before conception and continued until the twelfth week of pregnancy.
Women who have not been taking folic acid supplements and suspect they are pregnant should start taking them at once and continue until the twelfth week of pregnancy.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
It is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist what medicines you are already taking, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you start taking this medicine. Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medicines while taking this one, to ensure that the combination is safe.
Folic acid may reduce the blood levels of the antiepileptic medicines phenobarbital, phenytoin and primidone. If you take folic acid in combination with one of these antiepileptic medicines your doctor may need to increase the dose of the antiepileptic to make sure your seizures remain controlled.
**Always consult with a physician prior to adding any nutritional supplement to your regimen to ensure that there are no contraindications.
*FDA disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.
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