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Are any antibiotics linked with folic acid deficiency?

Are any antibiotics linked with folic acid deficiency?

Folic acid and meds: Tetracycline can decrease the absorption of Folic Acid so take them at separate times. Motrin (and meds similar to it), Pepcid (famotidine) (and meds similar to it), seizure medications can also decrease Folic Acid absorption especially when taken for a long time so your doctor will advise you to add Folic Acid to your supplements or eat more whole grains. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Low Folate Level (Definition)

Folic acid deficiency can cause severe birth defects of the brain and spinal cord known as neural tube defects. In some cases, there may be no noticeable signs of folic acid deficiency, and it is diagnosed in pregnant women only after a child is born with a neural tube defect. Usually, though, your health care provider can detect the defect with blood work and ultrasound during your prenatal checkups. When women take the recommended amount of folic acid before they conceive and through the first trimester of pregnancy, 50% to 70% of neural tube defects are prevented. Yet recent research by March of Dimes shows that many women are unaware of the ...Read more


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How is a thiamine or folate (folic acid) deficiency diagnosed? are there any cases where oral supplementation are inadequate?

How is a thiamine or folate (folic acid) deficiency diagnosed? are there any cases where oral supplementation are inadequate?

Your doc can do: lab work to test for nutrient levels. A very good MicroNutrient Panel is done by Spectracell Lab in Texas. Peace and good health. Many multivitamins are weak. A nutritionist or natural doc can help guide you. ProThera is an excellent company but you need a doc to order the supplements for you there. ...Read more

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I take folic acid with vitamin C with iron & zinc tablets all with each other as I am not pregnant but diagnosed as chronic anemia & depression?

I take folic acid with vitamin C with iron & zinc tablets all with each other as I am not pregnant but diagnosed as chronic anemia & depression?

Chronic anemia: There are several types of "anemia" which can be helped by taking iron and folic acid, and you might also add vitamin B. If the anemia is caused by iron deficiency, you might need more than the iron in standard vitamins. See your healthcare provider for guidance. There are more complicated causes sometimes and you need further testing to be certain. ...Read more

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Does pernicious anaemia have any relation with folic acid deficiency?

Does pernicious anaemia have any relation with folic acid deficiency?

See below: Pernicious anemia, by definition is deficiency of vitamin B12 due to inability to absorb the vitamin. Folate deficiency can produce similar symptoms. It there is a possibility that you are deficient in B12, do not take folic acid alone; you must take B12 along with folic acid. ...Read more

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Can vitamin b12 with b complex and vitamin d3 and omega 3 supplements make acid reflux worse if somebody is already experiencing acid reflux.

Can vitamin b12 with b complex and vitamin d3  and omega 3 supplements make acid reflux worse if somebody is already experiencing acid reflux.

Unlikely: These nutrients are not known to aggravate reflux, though it is wise to take them with food. For good approaches to preventing and treating reflux see http://tinyurl.com/p88fxjm and https://www.secondopinionnewsletter.com/Health-Alert-Archive/View-Archive/12220/100-relief-for-chronic-heartburn-without-a-drug.htm ...Read more

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Why we treat megaloblastic anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency with folates (folic acid)?

Why we treat megaloblastic anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency with folates (folic acid)?

We don't: Megaloblastic anemia caused by B12 deficiency is treated with b12. Folate (folic acid) deficiency also causes meg. Anemia. Some with B12 deficiency are also deficient in b12, but if one has low B12 ; isn't deficient in folate (folic acid) there's no need to supplement with it. But it won't hurt to take folate (folic acid);if you're among the 1/3 of people with problems converting Folic Acid to it's active form you should take l-5-mthf. ...Read more

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If you are anemic but have normal B12 and folate (folic acid), (folic acid) could there be another nutrient related to folate (folic acid) or to B12 that is low?

If you are anemic but have normal B12 and folate (folic acid), (folic acid) could there be another nutrient related to folate (folic acid) or to B12 that is low?

Well, sure: Iron deficiency is the most frequent cause of anemia. If you have already been checked for that, your provider needs to look at several other things not necessarily related to nutrition to determine the cause. Don't just take iron, though, unless your tests show that it is deficient. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of being folate (folic acid) deficient?

Folic Acid: A Folic Acid deficiency can present with fatigue, oral ulcerations, tongue swelling, graying hair and inadequate growth. ...Read more

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Has anybody heard of using vitamin b and folate (folic acid) to prevent birth defects?

Has anybody heard of using vitamin b and folate (folic acid) to prevent birth defects?

See below: Folate (folic acid) is definitely needed to prevent abnormalities of the spinal cord. Ass for vitamin b, I am unaware of any birth defects associated with low vitamin b levels. Maybe one of the obstetricians on the site will know. ...Read more

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Is having a B12 vitamin deficiency or folic acid deficiency common?

Is having a B12 vitamin deficiency or folic acid deficiency common?

Fairly: B12 def more common. Ideal lab value for serum B12 is 800 or more. Possibly due to gluten sensitivity which can damage gut lining and promote malabsorption. Also hypothyroidism can cause decreased stomach acid which can impair digestion and absorption. Take methylcobalamin supplements. ...Read more

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What are the effects of having zoledronic acid infusion with severe vitamin d deficiency?

What are the effects of having zoledronic acid infusion with severe vitamin d deficiency?

Vitamin D deficiency: Why are you getting zolendronic acid at such a young age? What is the vitamin D level that is so low, and, if so, why is it so low? Please let me hear from you. ...Read more

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Which people are at high risk for folate (folic acid) deficiency?

Usually poor diet: Typically poor diet in green leafy vegetables can do it. Also patients on the strict atkins with no supplements can get that. But it is difficult with a health diet. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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Is anemia curable by taking extra oral vitamins like folate (folic acid)? Is B12 available orally or only by shots? Already taking iron.

Is anemia curable by taking extra oral vitamins like folate (folic acid)? Is B12 available orally or only by shots? Already taking iron.

Depends on the cause: Treatment of anemia has to be directed to the cause of anemia. Iron replacement for iron deficiency, folate for folate deficiency, vit B12 replacement for vit B12 deficiency etc. Vit B12 can come as oral trablet, intramuscular injection, nasal spray. I suggest you to see your doctor to find out the cause of the anemia. You need to see hematologist for more complex case. ...Read more

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Can patients with polycythemia vera take folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements when deficient or will it cause clots?

Can patients with polycythemia vera take folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements when deficient or will it cause clots?

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 replaced. However, if the levels of B12 and folate (folic acid) are normal in blood, then i would not recommend it. Thanks. ...Read more

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Are foods high in folic acid, and vitamin d good for people with auto immune diseases?

Are foods high in folic acid, and vitamin d good for people with auto immune diseases?

Absolutely: Folic acid and vitamin d are excellent nutrients/vitamins that provide significant qualities known to assist the bodies immune system. ...Read more

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Do all mthfr gene mutations benefit from folate over folic acid? Or certain stands? Is there different treatment for heterozygous v homozygous?

Do all mthfr gene mutations benefit from folate over folic acid? Or certain stands?   Is there different treatment for heterozygous v homozygous?

MTHFR : MTHFR has several forms. And treatments can vary. Look here for additional information. http://mthfr.net/mthfr-c677t-mutation-basic-protocol/2012/02/24/ ...Read more

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What are all the causes of moderate macrocytic anemia in elederly other than vitamin B12 and folic acid defficiency. Can severe depression cause that?

What are all the causes of moderate macrocytic anemia in elederly other than vitamin B12 and folic acid defficiency. Can severe depression cause that?

Depression>poor eatg: Anemia should not be accepted as an inevitable consequence of aging. A cause is found in approximately 80 percent of elderly patients. The most common causes of anemia in the elderly are chronic disease and iron deficiency. Vitamin B12 deficiency, folate (folic acid) deficiency, gastrointestinal bleeding and myelodysplastic syndrome are among other causes of anemia in the elderly. Serum ferritin is the most us. ...Read more

Folic Acid (Definition)

Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...Read more


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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more