A 17-year-old male asked:
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i have vitamin b12 and folic acid deficiency. i was prescribed bactrum and read not to take if i'm folic acid deficient?

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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 alcoholic and not eating. Nail down this diagnosis. You should be able to take the Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) but check with your physician just in case.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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Wrong vitamin: You should be taking methylfolate instead of folic acid. Also take methylcobalamin and vitamin D3.
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