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  • Folic Acid Oral

  • Folic Acid Oral

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    Pronounced

    "FOH-lick acid"

    Common brand names:

    B-9

    Uses

    Folic acid is the man-made form of folate. Folate is a B-vitamin naturally found in some foods. It is needed to form healthy cells, especially red blood cells. L-methylfolate and levomefolate are names for the active form of folic acid.

    Folic acid supplements are used to treat or prevent low folate levels. Low folate levels can lead to certain types of anemia. Conditions that can cause low folate levels include poor diet, pregnancy, alcoholism, liver disease, certain stomach/intestinal problems, kidney dialysis, among others. Women of childbearing age should receive adequate amounts of folic acid either through their diet or supplements to prevent infant spinal cord birth defects.

    How to Use This Medication

    Take this product by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. If you are taking the over-the-counter product, follow all directions on the product package. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

    Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or take this product more often than directed.

    Take this product regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Follow the diet plan recommended by your doctor or dietician. See also Notes section.

    If your condition persists or worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, get medical help right away.


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