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Doctor insights on: Can I Harm My Baby Taking My Iron Tablets As Well As Folic Acid

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I'm having black stools while taking iron tablets and folic acid is that normal please?

I'm having black stools while taking iron tablets and folic acid is that normal please?

Yes: Taking Iron supplements can result in stool changing to a dark color. This is normal. You may notice that you are becoming constipated. If so try using a stool softener. ...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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I was talking an anti malaria tablet which I found out is a folic acid antagonist before I knew I was pregnant can this harm my baby?

Still taking it??: Some antimalaria tablets are not recommended in pregnancy at all, and some are safer (or at least have more data in pregnancy). Several drugs are Folic Acid antagonists. If you've stopped that drug and are now on prenatal folate, (folic acid) you may be okay. The first trimester is very important for organogenesis, though. Please discuss with your OB doctor. ...Read more

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I m 3.5mnth pregnant and doctor asked me to start iron tablets orofer xt which has 1.1 mg folic acid but asked to stop taking folic acid. Plz suggest.

Folic acid: Chances are your physician prescribed a product with both folic acid and iron and is asking you not to take additional folic acid. If the iron bill he/she gave you has 1.1mg of folic acid, that's all you need. Most women need between 0.4mg and 1mg of folic acid. ...Read more

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Does 'Well Woman 50+' daily dosage have same amount of iron & folic acid as of once a week dosage of 'Orofer XT'?

Does 'Well Woman 50+' daily dosage have same amount of iron & folic acid as of once a week dosage of 'Orofer XT'?

Iron: I suggest that you look at the labeling as that is the best and most exact way to determine that ...Read more

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What kinds of food are good sources of folic acid, b12, & iron?

Meat and leafy vegs: B12 is found in red meat, and liver
folic acid is best found in leafy vegetables.

Iron is best found in red meat- if you want the iron that is best absorbed.

Non heme iron which is not as well absorbed is also found in leafy vegetables like spinach. ...Read more

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Can take zinc sulphate with folic acid and iron tablet during preganancy?

Can take zinc sulphate with folic acid and iron tablet during preganancy?

Yes: Just about every prenatal vitamin has zinc, Folic Acid ; iron. These are perfectly safe to take during pregnancy. ...Read more

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I am 19wks pregnant & I take pregnacare which contains 400mcg & an extra 5mg folic acid. Will that harm my baby?

No, ma'am: Women with a family history of neural tube defects like spina bifida have been advised to take that higher dose for many years, but some obstetricians use the higher dose in their general population these days. ...Read more

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Low in iron. I have not gone to the doctor yet. Will the folic acid 5mg tablet help get my iron level back to normal?

Low in iron. I have not gone to the doctor yet. Will the folic acid 5mg tablet help get my iron level back to normal?

No: Some allied health professionals call the serum hemoglobin "iron", though it's not. If you are anemic, this is a very, very serious business. Don't try to self-manage. You should ignore all "pop" heath advice ("This supplement is good for anemia", etc.) ...Read more

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5 weeks pregnant I am taking folvite (folic acid) 5 mg before and after I got pregnant. Is this dose too much? If yes should I reduce? And will that harm my baby?

5 weeks pregnant I am taking folvite (folic acid) 5 mg before and after I got pregnant. Is this dose too much? If yes should I reduce? And will that harm my baby?

Maybe: That is a high dose of folic acid. I'm assuming that a doctor recommended that dose? There are definitely times when women should take higher doses of folic acid, such as history of neural tube defect, history of seizures, on anti-seizure medication, multiple gestation. I would speak with your doc to understand why such a high dose. Or, if you're worried, you can drop to 1mg a day. ...Read more

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I'm 10 weeks pregnant. What could be the harm caused to the baby if I don't take folic acid?

I'm 10 weeks pregnant. What could be the harm caused to the baby if I don't take folic acid?

Neural tube defects: Folate is necessary for many metabolic processes for you and your baby. However, folate deficiency in early pregnancy (first month) can be related to neural tube defects - problems with brain, spine and spinal cord. Luckily, many foods are fortified with folate (folic acid) as most women are unaware they are pregnant until after the first month. Take a good prenatal vitamin if you are not alread. ...Read more

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6 weeks pregnant. Would it harm my developing baby if I stop my lamotrigine abruptly? Cold turkey? Taking a prescribed folic acid too.

6 weeks pregnant. Would it harm my developing baby if I stop my lamotrigine abruptly? Cold turkey? Taking a prescribed folic acid too.

Seizure: That depends on your reason for being on Lamotrigine in the first place. Each case will need to be decided individually with you and your doctor. If your seizures are severe then the known risk to a fetus of uncontrolled seizures far outweighs the theoretical risk of medication exposure. Discuss with your obgyn and make a decision together. ...Read more

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Good morning. My daughter is 9 month old but her weight is 4.2 kg we giving folic acid and iron syrup and also follow diet according to doctor?

Good morning. My daughter is 9 month old but her weight is 4.2 kg we giving folic acid and iron syrup and also follow diet according to doctor?

Low weight: If your daughter has a normal height then she is small for her age based on weight. It is necessary to examine her growth curve and examine her to determine the reason for her low weight. ...Read more

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My 6 week old baby girls hemoglobin this week has dropped to 6.9 she has been on 0.5ml of iron & 0.1ml of folic acid for 5 weeks. (Suffered possible placenta abruption) is this not dangerous?

My 6 week old baby girls hemoglobin this week has dropped to 6.9 she has been on 0.5ml of iron & 0.1ml of folic acid for 5 weeks. (Suffered possible placenta abruption) is this not dangerous?

Timing: This is the time that many young babies reach their lowest level of hemoglobin. It is a low count but if baby seems healthy. Then some watchful waiting may be called for. Would have your doctor contact a neonatologist (newborn care specialist) or a hematologist (blood specialist) for clarification ...Read more

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I am anaemic and I take iron meds and folic acid I have been feeling a little light headed for a good two days and the smell of food (eggs especially) has me feeling nausea and I feeling tired and sleepy most of the time?

I am anaemic and I take iron meds and folic acid I have been feeling a little light headed for a good two days and the smell of food (eggs especially) has me feeling nausea and I feeling tired and sleepy most of the time?

I think you need: To be rechecked regarding your anemia...and possibly have a pregnancy test! Feeling tired and sleepy is a frequently reported sign of pregnancy and the nausea, with or without rotten eggs, can be, too. Make a visit to your doctor--you need to see what your current blood count is and have pregnancy ruled out. .. or ruled in!! Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Is there any harm in taking too much folate (folic acid) acid while trying to concieve?

Is there any harm in taking too much folate (folic acid) acid while trying to concieve?

Folate/folic acid: Is a b vitamin found in green leafy veggies, beans, peas, sunflower seeds, & supplements. Taken before & during pregnancy it helps prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida. Od symptoms may include numbness/tingling, mouth/tongue pain, weakness, tired feeling confusion, or trouble concentrating, but od unlikely since it's water-soluble & removed from body in urine. 600-800 mcg/d usual dose. ...Read more

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Can I harm my unborn by taking too much folic acid.? My previous pregnancy was terminated because ntd. So I know I do need a little more folic acid

Can I harm my unborn by taking too much folic acid.? My previous pregnancy was terminated because ntd. So I know I do need a little more folic acid

Take 4-5 mg daily.: There is no such thing a too much Folic Acid - your body does not store the excess folic acid, it is excreted in your urine like all water-soluble vitamins of the b complex. I agree with dr. Livingston's advice for at least 4-5 mg daily of Folic Acid with a prior ontd. Folate prevents autism, preterm birth, miscarriage, fetal cardiac and brain anomalies. ...Read more

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Iv been asked to take iron and folic acid. Should I take them together? Should I take them together or should I take them separately.

Iv been asked to take iron and folic acid. Should I take them together? Should I take them together or should I take them separately.

Either is OK: I'm a fan of taking all your medications together so that you can remember to take them, although some medicines don't absorb as well if taken with others. You should be able to take these together, since they come together in vitamin supplements; they shouldn't interact in any bad ways. ...Read more

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How frequently does an iron folic acid supplementation be given?

Well....: It depends on why it is being used! anemia? Pregnancy? Both are very important foe well being of the pt and fetus if anemic and either trying to become pg or during pregnancy. A lack of Folic Acid can lead to fetal neural tube defects! ...Read more

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What should I do if my ferritin and iron serum and folate (folic acid) are all low?

Iron and folate (folic acid) defi: You have deficiency of both iron and folic acid. Need to see whether you have nutritional issues, like food fads. Iron and Folic Acid are rich in green leafy vegetables, if you avoid them start taking them. Worth to get a nutrition consult a through your pcp. Take iron and Folic Acid supplemets with otc medications/pcp recomm. Do search for proper food choices, rich in iron and folate n internet. ...Read more

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I had a subtotal gastrectomy my hb now is 9.6 I take iron and folic acid but my blood won't rise I am on glivec too. What should I do to raise my hb?

I had a subtotal gastrectomy my hb now is 9.6 I take iron and folic acid but my blood won't rise I am on glivec too. What should I do to raise my hb?

Absorption problem: After subtotal gastrectomy where the duodenum is by passed, absorption of iron and B 12 is impaired. If you are not bleeding excessively during periods, this could be your problem. Check Iron and B 12 levels, eat small meals multiple times. Speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is folic acid absorption can be interrupted in our body by what we eat (like iron can't be absorbed in presence of calcium) or nothing can affect it?

Is folic acid absorption can be interrupted in our body by what we eat (like iron can't be absorbed in presence of calcium) or nothing can affect it?

Few Simple Answers: Reality: the rate, speed, completeness may be altered some. None of the issues are as simple as implied by question as stated. The real high-tech is within each of us. Medicine, with scientific assistance, is about working to sort out some of the complexities within us. Basic chemistry principles, applied with fantastic complexity (called biochemistry, i.e. As implemented by all living organisms). ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink coffee while taking folic acid vitamin b and iron? Why after I drink coffee I feel palpitating?

Caffeine: It is generally ok to have coffe on those medications. You may be sensitive to caffeine, which can cause palpitations. You may want to consider swithching to decaff. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Ogden
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Iron Supplements (Definition)

Effective treatment for anemia is generally taking an iron supplement by mouth. Iron pills are large and difficult for some women to swallow. If so, you can usually break them in half and have one half with breakfast and the other with lunch. Drink a lot of water and eat foods that are high in fiber as iron can be constipating. You doctor may also prescribe ...Read more


Dr. Adam Lewis
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Folvite (Definition)

Folvite is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more