Folic acid (or folate) is a type of vitamin naturally found in some foods that helps the body to produce red blood cells. A lack of folic acid may result in folate-deficiency anemia, a condition in which there is insufficient healthy red blood cells to provide oxygen to the body.
During pregnancy, folic acid supplementation may reduce the incidence of birth defects (e.g. abnormal development of brain and spinal cord in the baby).
Folic acid supplementation may be required in those with certain conditions (e.g. kidney disease, excessive alcohol intake) or taking certain medications (e.g. Methotrexate, Sulfasalazine).
Some side effects of folic acid include bloating, rash, itch or difficulty breathing.
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Before starting on this medication, inform your healthcare professional if you:
If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only the usual dose. Do not double your dose or use extra medication to make up for the missed dose.
Throw away all expired medications.
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing it into the rubbish chute or bin.