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Have started Zantac 300 (ranitidine) to be taken for 1 month I Have a Blood Test
FBC ,Serum Folate, (folic acid) Serum B12 can this medication interfere with it?
No: The test should be accurate while taking this medicine. I hope you are well. ...Read more
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
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
Her are they: Breakfast cereals fortified with 100% of the dv, ¾ cup 400 beef liver, cooked, braised, 3 ounces 215 lentils, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, ½ cup 179 egg noodles, cooked, enriched, ½ cup 110 spinach, frozen, cooked, boiled, ½ cup 115 great northern beans, boiled, ½ cup 90 asparagus, boiled, 4 spears 89 tomato juice, broccolipapaa raw, orange juice, corn sweet, yellow.Lettuce. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Natural vs synthetic: Folates (folic acid) occur naturally in foods and are biologically active. Folic acid is the oxidized form of folate (folic acid). It is made synthetically and widely used as a food supplement. In the body it is converted by the liver to active forms of folate (folic acid) in a 2 step process. ...Read more
Anemia and if pregna: Folic acid is needed for hemoglobin formation and Folic Acid deficiency can cause anemia.And if you are pregnant the deficiency can cause birth defects like spina bifida so all pregnant women are are given prenatal vitamins which contain folic acid it can also cause irritability and depression, high homocystein level, diarrhea&loss of appetite, and some cancers are associated with very low levels. ...Read more
Are low folate (folic acid) levels alone dangerous? They have been low for a year. Can it cause any damage to health?
Low folate (folic acid) bad: There's no reason to walk around with low folate (folic acid) levels. It's cheap and safe to supplement it. So don't sit around wondering if it hurt you in the past. Just take a supplement. low folate (folic acid) in pregnant moms can cause birth defects. Folate is involved in many crucial parts of our physiology. Low folate (folic acid) can be very bad for the body. ...Read more
My folate (folic acid) level was 10,2 nmol/l (ref: 15,9-71,10). I am taking now folate pill. After how long would it be good to have it rechecked? Thx
Pretty soon: If you're talking about serum folate you can recheck in just a week as it reflects recent intake quite well. Red blood cell folate shows the body's stores better, so you might want to wait a month or so to test that. Those will low folate are often among the many who can't readily convert folic acid to folate so it's best to supplement with the L-5-MTHF form. Also see http://tinyurl.com/6gvsxqu ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Yes.: All women in their childbearing years should take folate, (folic acid) especially if they are actively trying to conceive. Folic acid helps reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the fetus. The recommended dosage is 0.4-0.8mcg for women with low risk. Supplementation should begin at least 1 month before conception and continued throughout the first trimester. ...Read more