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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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Are elevated B12 and folate (folic acid) levels bad? Cause of this? How to bring them down to normal levels?

Are elevated B12 and folate (folic acid) levels bad? Cause of this? How to bring them down to normal levels?

Needs evaluation: High B12 & folate (folic acid) is not dangerous per se (these vits. Have no known toxicity)& may not be serious, but high B12 may paradoxically be a sign of B12 deficiency & may also be caused by acute or chronic liver disease or leukemia, so deserves further evaluation-see http://healthyeating.Sfgate.Com/high-vitamin-b12-serum-levels-6037.Html high folate (folic acid) may be a sign of B12 deficiency or blind loop syndrome. ...Read more

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Hi... so is that mean that i have to break the tablet into half and take 1/2 a day? Folic acid.how about taking the full tablet is it harmful?

Hi... so is that mean that i have to break the tablet into half and take 1/2 a day? Folic acid.how about taking the full tablet is it harmful?

Can you re-ask: & tell us the dose on the pill. Is the pill scored (line down the middle)? Are you pregnant or trying to get pregnant? Thanks. ...Read more

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I'm 11 weeks pregnant and i was wondering if not taking folic acid every day will cause the baby to have Down syndrome or any other health issues?

I'm 11 weeks pregnant and i was wondering if not taking folic acid every day will cause the baby to have Down syndrome or any other health issues?

Probably not: While Folic Acid is recommended during pregnancy, the lack of supplement does not cause defects. Supplements decrease the risk that your child will have a neural tube defect such as spina bifida. It has no bearing on the risk for down's. ...Read more

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8 wks post-op gastric sleeve surgery. Down 70#'s Blood work came back w/low hematocrit, hemoglobin & mpv were low. Folate (folic acid) & B12 were norm What's wrong?

8 wks post-op gastric sleeve surgery. Down 70#'s Blood work came back w/low hematocrit, hemoglobin & mpv were low. Folate (folic acid) & B12 were norm What's wrong?

Post op anemia: Most likely is a reflection of some blood loos during the surgery, which is not unusual. It takes around 3 months for your blood levels to normalize. At this point it is very unlikely that your anemia is due to some sort of vitamin deficiency. I would not worry about. Just continue taking your vitamin supplements. And follow up labs in a few months. ...Read more

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Swollen nodes down right side neck armpit chest stomach and groin painful when pressed 5 month + CBC normal except folate (folic acid) deficiency cud it be cancer?

Swollen nodes down right side neck armpit chest stomach and groin painful when pressed 5 month + CBC normal except folate (folic acid) deficiency cud it be cancer?

See doctor: Five months is a long time to wait for enlarged nodes to be evaluated. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. Biopsy of the node may be needed to settle the issue. Please see your doctor at your earliest convenience. Wish you good health. ...Read more

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Lost baby last year due to anencephaly.used multivitamins with folic acid for 1year and 5mg folic acid from 2months.folate levels 477 now.can I plan ?

Lost baby last year due to anencephaly.used multivitamins with folic acid for 1year and 5mg folic acid from 2months.folate levels 477 now.can I plan ?

Risk assessment: I am so sorry for your loss. Im glad to see you are taking the folate (folic acid) supplements. As you know anencephaly is multifactorial, with folate (folic acid) deficiency as well as genetic factors. There is an emerging genetics we are learning about and you certainly want to consider consultation with genetics and see your OB for a visit as well. Best of luck and remember anencephaly is rare. ...Read more

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What are the benefits (what is it used for?) of deplin? Doc put me on it. Low folate (folic acid) I am assuming?

L-methylfolate: Deplin is l-methylfolate (folic acid). Many chronically depressed people have small genetic mutations leading to inability to convert Folic Acid and folate (folic acid) to l-methylfolate (folic acid) -- the "active" form that crosses the blood-brain barrier to be used in making neurotransmitters. Deplin bypasses this problem, and can augment antidepressant response. http://tinyurl.com/lk938o3. ...Read more

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I have used folic acid for three months . How much folic acid shall I use to conceive?

I have used folic acid for three months . How much folic acid shall I use to conceive?

Keep on using it: Women are advised to use Folic Acid for at lease 2 months before conception. Once pregnant women should continue using it. ...Read more

Carbs (Definition)

Carbs is an abbreviation for carbohydrates. The human body breaks down carbohydrates into basic sugars such ...Read more


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Folvite (Definition)

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