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What is the dose of folic acid to prevent all fetal malformations?

What is the dose of folic acid to prevent all fetal malformations?

5 mg.: Most of the severe (not all) fetal malformations can be prevented with preconceptional Folic Acid (for at least 3 months before conception). Expect 75% of cardiac defects and >90% of neural tube defects to be prevented thus. ...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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Does folic acid prevent kidney stones?

Does folic acid prevent kidney stones?

No: To my knowledge, Folic Acid deficiency is not associated with kidney stones nor does Folic Acid supplementation prevent stones. The vast majority of patients who have repeated episodes of kidney stones have at least one metabolic abnormality which can be specifically corrected with available measures. ...Read more

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What exactly does folic acid help cure and/or prevent?

What exactly does folic acid help cure and/or prevent?

Folic Acid: Folic acid is an important co-factor necessary for protein synthesis. During pregnancy, Folic Acid is critical in the development of the central nervous system of the baby. Maternal Folic Acid deficiency have been connected with spinal bifida in the newborn. ...Read more

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Does folic acid prevent aplastic anemia?

Does folic acid prevent aplastic anemia?

Probably not: No evidence to the best of my knowledge. Aplastic anemia is a bone marrow failure disorder, which can be due to genetic cause, autoimmune, post-viral infection, and sometime prolonged drug use or radiation exposure. ...Read more

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How can folate (folic acid) prevent birth defects?

Very important: Folate (folic acid) is used by the developing fetus in the formation of the nervous system and spinal cord. If the fetus does not receive enough folate, (folic acid) it is at risk for defects such as spina bifida, or anencephaly (no head). ...Read more

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How does folic acid prevent neural tube defects?

NEURAL TUBE DEFECTS: Are one of the most common birth defects(1 in 1, 000 live births in this country).
It is an opening in the spinal cord or brain that does not close properly.
Folic acid and B12 help transport the necessary materials to make this happen normally. Folate (folic acid) is needed for production and maintenance of new cells, to make normal dna and rna. ...Read more

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Is it true that folate (folic acid) supplements prevent birth defects?

Yes: Folic acid deficiency in early pregnancy has been associated with neural tube defect, e.g., spina bifida. Any woman planning to get pregnant should be on vitamin supplement including folic acid. ...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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Dr. Chevies newman, does mthfr mutation prevent body from processing folic acid or doing it well? I hear it takes time to build up folate. As I didn't start that early, I am worried about neural tube defects.

Dr. Chevies newman, does mthfr mutation prevent body from processing folic acid or doing it well? I hear it takes time to build up folate. As I didn't start that early, I am worried about neural tube defects.

He's right but...: Since you are heterozygous you will be able to convert some Folic Acid to the active l-5-mthfr form. Also, hopefully your diet had adequate folate (folic acid) from green leafy veggies etc. Because 30% of people have folate (folic acid) metabolism issues I advise women to take prenatals that have the l-5-mthf form. If worried you can get imagining studies to check for neural tube defects. ...Read more

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Friend takes vitamin b6, b12, and folic acid on a daily basis, he says it prevents heart disease, stroke and mental depression. Is this true?

Friend takes vitamin b6, b12, and folic acid on a daily basis, he says it prevents heart disease, stroke and mental depression. Is this true?

Yes for some-depends: B6, B12 & Folic Acid all lower homocysteine, a metabolite of methionine. High homocysteine is a better predictor of risk of heart disease & stroke than cholesterol, high BP & smoking! These vits. Are proven to lower stroke risk but not yet proven to reduce heart attack risk-but likely will for anyone with high homocysteine. See http://www.Patrickholford. Com/index. Php/blog/blogarticle/171/ & comment:. ...Read more

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Will folic acid prevent Lamotrigine causing birth defects during pregnancy?

Lamictal is FDA: Pregnancy Category C. It would not be safe to assume that use of Folic Acid would be protective for potential side effects related to lamictal. ...Read more

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Can folic acid prevent Lamotrigine causing all birth defects during pregnancy?

Can folic acid prevent Lamotrigine causing all birth defects during pregnancy?

Any drug causing: Birth defects is separate from taking a supplement to support neurological development in pregnancy. Most supplements don't and aren't designed to prevent against birth defects. If you are concerned about this, discuss it with your OB/GYN doctor, and get a full evaluation of what you're taking, and what your concerns are. So, you can have piece of mind. Taking too much folic acid is not wise too. ...Read more

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Will taking prenatal vitamins, folic acid with my birth control still prevent me from getting pregnant?

Will taking prenatal vitamins, folic acid with my birth control still prevent me from getting pregnant?

Yes: Your prenatal vitamins do not have anything to do with getting pregnant or not. They are just there to support the needs for extra vitamins and minerals during pregnancy. If you are on Birth control, you should not get pregnant. ...Read more

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Does folic acid ever expire?

Does folic acid ever expire?

Yes and no: Most folic acid tablets and multivitamins have an expiration date on the bottle. Frankly this is erroneous as this compound and many others, will not spontaneously degenerate. Only if the bottle is kept too warm or too wet will there be a change in the potency or quality. ...Read more

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What can people take folic acid for?

Anemia: 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. Can help with anemia. ...Read more

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What does a high folic acid level mean?

Supplements?: Is it high due to your taking supplements or because of folate (folic acid) in your diet. High folate (folic acid) has been associated in some studies with increased risk for prostate and colon cancer while other studies show that it prevents neural tube defects in fetuses. Get it naturally and you typically don't have to worry about high levels. ...Read more

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Can you take levoflaxin with folic acid?

Yes: I know of no problem arising from this combination. Beware though that some minerals that are in some vitamins can decrease the absorption of levofloxin if they are taken at the same time. Best wishes ...Read more

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What is the use of folic acid in general?

Pregnancy/Anemia: 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. Can help with anemia. ...Read more

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Does folic acid tablets increase apetite?

In certain groups.: -loss of appetite is one of the signs of Folic Acid deficiency.
-in preschool children with poor appetite Folic Acid given for 20 days increased hunger (2007).
-rats on a diet without folate for 23 days had low weight, gained it after supplementation (1989).
-folic acid is especially important in infancy, adolescence, pregnancy (it protects against ntds) when cells ; tissues are growing rapidly. ...Read more

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Is 2.1 a normal folate (folic acid) range?

No: The normal range is 4-20 depending on the lab. That being said even four is at the low range. Try to be at least 50% or higher since Folic Acid is helpful for replicating cells, fertility, possible helpful in neuromuscular disease. I recommend at least 800mcg to 1mg daily until you catch up and then taking them about 3-4x/week to maintain your levels. ...Read more

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Should u take folic acid when trying for a baby?

Should u take folic acid when trying for a baby?

Yes.: A would take pre-natal vitamins while trying to conceive. These vitamins have 800mcg of folic acid. This is reasonable nutritional support. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have high folate (folic acid)?

What does it mean to have high folate (folic acid)?

Taking too much: Too much folate (folic acid) is generally not a problem, but you might cut back on the vitamin supplementation. ...Read more

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Does folic acid work as an antiflamatory? Thank you...

Does folic acid work as an antiflamatory? Thank you...

No: The supplement Folic Acid (the synthetic form of folate (folic acid), (folic acid) a b vitamin) has some antioxidant function http://tinyurl. Com/mpdzzlv -- but this does not make it anti-inflammatory. Folate (folic acid) is essential in making dna, the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine, and red ; white blood cells. Dietary sources of folate (folic acid) include leafy greens, which are part of an anti-inflammatory diet though. ...Read more

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Should I be concern if my folic acid level is low 4.3?

Folic acid: Folic acid is in all the vitamins and one tablet of a vitamin or 1 mg of folic acid daily should take care of low folic acid unless you have had resection of a significant portion of your small bowel removed ...Read more

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Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more


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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more