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is folic acid and vitamin b12 the same

A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
47 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Anemia treatmemt: Other than possible constipation, caused by iron, the syrup (s) your physician (p) prescribed will give harmless. Ask your p what you folate, (folic ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Dr. Ed Kaplan answered
38 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Won't cause clots: I don't think that it will cause clots, but the blood count is high and B12 is usually elevated. Why take the folate (folic acid) or b12?
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Dr. William Hammond
48 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Yes, no clot risk: If you are deficient in Folic Acid or vitamin b12, replacement is appropriate therapy. The level of hematocrit (>55%) or hemoglobin (>17gm/dl) is corr ... Read More
Dr. Aasim Sehbai
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
B12/Folate: If i understand your question correctly if a patient with pcv polycythemia vera have documented Folic Acid or B12 deficiency, then those could be repl ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Healthy mom, baby: Developing fetus will get the nutrients it needs from mom. It gets calcium from mom's blood (via mom's diet, or her bones-doesn't care). Need B12 and ... Read More
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Dr. M. Taslimi
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Several benefits: Folate (folic acid) cuts back on fetal spina bifida risk, possibly heart defect, and, in some genetically susceptible people, can improve homosistein ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes there is...: Overdosing on folic acid can prevent the development of megaloblastic anemia, without correcting the underlying vitamin B-12 deficiency, Symptoms of v ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marc Grobman
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Vitamins: Are you taking replacement B12 and folate? It would be very difficult for you at 18 years old to be deficient in these vitamins unless you were alcoh ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
All very safe: Vits. B12, Folic Acid and Alpha Lipoic Acid are all very safe without side effects. B12 and a-lipoic acid are in many foods. Folic acid is actually sy ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Low B12: And your severe anemia and very large red blood cells (high MCV) are probably the result. If you are a vegetarian, please reconsider or get with someo ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Folate (folic acid) dieficiency: Would be uncommon in an 18 yo. A B12 level between 200 and 400 can be difficult to interpret. Under 200 clearly low and over 400 likely ok. In betw ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience Integrative Medicine
Too high: I consider an optimal level to be between 5-7. Consider getting mthfr checked if repleting your B12 does not resolve the problem. You may possibly hav ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: Many people on self-imposed restrictive vegetarian diets get both. They have similar effects on the blood and are both very serious health problems.

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