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A 44-year-old member asked:

How much folic acid should i be taking every day?

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Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
0.4-0.8 mg: Generally speaking 0.4-0.8 mg is the recommended daily dose.
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Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
4 mg: If there is a high risk (such as a previous child affected by a neural tube defect, preexisting diabetes, or, on a medication for seizures) the daily dose should be 4 mg.
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
A Verified Doctoranswered
32 years experience
0.4 mg: Typically you need 400 micrograms or 0.4mg a day. You get Folic Acid through fruits and vegetables and many foods are already fortified with it. To make sure you get enough you can take any adult multivitamin or two flintstones chewables.
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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology 38 years experience
800 mg: If your pregnant 800 to 1000mg of Folic Acid per day will suffice to help with growth and many metabolic processes for both you and baby. More so having adequate Folic Acid levels before conception (400mg/day) can reduce some birth defects of the heart and nervous system. So it's never to early to start (folate (folic acid) is a water soluble b vitamin so excess is excreted in urine).
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A 27-year-old member asked:

How should I remember to take folic acid every day?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
A Verified Doctoranswered
32 years experience
Take with brushing: Take your meds or vitamins when you brush your teeth.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

How much folic acid should I take each day?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 28 years experience
1-5 mg.: Most adults should consume 1 mg of Folic Acid daily - especially women in reproductive age and individuals at risk for cardiac events. Women should probably consume up to 5 mg daily between the ages of 16-46.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the effects of taking too much folic acid?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 51 years experience
Rarely harmful: The incidence of Folic Acid overdose symptoms occurs rarely and is not harmful. Consumption of more than 1000 mcg of folic acid, over a long period of time can conduce to health issues like diarrhea, insomnia, bitter taste in the mouth.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

How can I be sure I get enough folic acid every day?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 28 years experience
Take 4-5 mg daily.: Regardless of how good your diet is, i would recommend 4-5 mg of Folic Acid daily by supplementation.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you get too much folic acid?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 28 years experience
Nope.: All vitamin b complex substances are water-soluble, which means that excess ingested amounts are expelled in the urine, thus avoiding any hypervitaminosis risks. Only the elderly can have subacute spinal degeneration from inadequate vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) while taking excessive folic acid.
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Last updated Sep 4, 2016

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