Details of Folic Acid Salt (Generic Drug)

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Folic acid is a type of B vitamin that is normally found in foods such as dried beans, peas, lentils, oranges, whole-wheat products, liver, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and spinach. Folic acid helps your body produce and maintain new cells, and also helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer. As a medication, folic acid is used to treat folic acid deficiency and certain types of anaemia (lack of red blood cells) caused by folic acid deficiency. Folic acid is sometimes used in combination with other medications to treat pernicious anaemia. However it will not treat Vitamin B12 deficiency and will not prevent possible damage to the spinal cord.


Typical Uses

Folic acid is used to treat or prevent folic acid deficiency. It is a B-complex vitamin needed by the body to manufacture red blood cells. A deficiency of this vitamin causes certain types of anaemia (low Red Blood Cell Count). If you are taking folic acid to treat a deficiency, you probably will feel better quickly, often within 24 hours. However, do not stop taking this drug until your doctor tells you to do so.


Side Effects

Side effects of folic acid may include nausea, loss of appetite bloating, gas bitter or unpleasant taste in your mouth sleep problems depression or feeling excited or irritable.


Drug Interactions

  • Folic acid+capecitabine- Products containing folic acid may increase the effects of capecitabine. You may be more likely to develop serious side effects such as anaemia, bleeding problems, infections, and nerve damage when these medications are used together.
  • Folic acid+fluorouracil- Products containing folic acid may increase the effects of fluorouracil. You may be more likely to develop serious side effects such as anaemia, bleeding problems, infections, and nerve damage when these medications are used together.


Mechanism of action

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


Pregnancy Category : A


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