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Is taking folic acid 800 mcg safe for prenatal care?

Is taking folic acid 800 mcg safe for prenatal care?

Probably: It is recommended not to take more than 1 mg daily (1, 000 micrograms). This is from all sources. 400-500 mcg daily for women is sufficient. ...Read more

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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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Is it safe to take prenatal vitamins containing folic acid and folic acid tablets ?

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Is it safe to take prenatal vitamins containing folic acid and folic acid tablets ?

Absolutely: Folic acid is a normal component of most prenatal vitamins. An adequate intake of Folic Acid can help prevent neural tube defects which can lead to spinal cord and nervous system problems. Stick to the recommended daily allowance (rda) on the package. Taking too much may lead to other problems. ...Read more

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Prescribed 1 mg folic acid, take multi-vitamin with 400mg folic acid, plus eat cereal (400mcg folic acid). Is this too much? Why psychiatrist presc?

Prescribed 1 mg folic acid, take multi-vitamin with 400mg folic acid, plus eat cereal (400mcg folic acid).  Is this too much?  Why psychiatrist presc?

Co factor: Folic acid, particular some forms which cross the blood-brain barrier, have been show to enhance the effect of antidepressants. It isn't typically toxic because it is water-soluble so you pass out any extra. Deplin is a prescribed form of this, a version of folic acid which gets across the blood-brain barrier. ...Read more

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What's the recommended dietary allowance rda for zinc?

What's the recommended dietary allowance rda for zinc?

Depends on age: Recommended dietary allowances (rdas) for zinc [2] age male female pregnancy lactation 0–6 months 2 mg* 2 mg* 7–12 months 3 mg 3 mg 1–3 years 3 mg 3 mg 4–8 years 5 mg 5 mg 9–13 years 8 mg 8 mg 14–18 years 11 mg 9 mg 12 mg 13 mg 19+ years 11 mg 8 mg 11 mg 12 mg * adequate intake (ai). ...Read more

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Can u take folic acid tablets and multi vitamins tablet containing folic acid each day? Is that over dosing?

Can u take folic acid tablets and multi vitamins tablet containing folic acid each day? Is that over dosing?

Depends: Dose depends on the condition being treated (anemia, sprue, pregnancy). Generally a total intake more than 1 (one) mg a day is associated with a higher incidence of side effects like loss of appetite, nausea, gas, abd pain, irritability, etc. Check with your fp if you have further questions about safe amount of folic acid. ...Read more

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I take 4 mg of folic acid per day with 10 mg Methotrexate weekly. Is this too much folic acid?

I take 4 mg of folic acid per day with 10 mg Methotrexate weekly. Is this too much folic acid?

Probably too much: Methotrexate seems to deplete the body of folic acid, and, while controversial, most rheumatologists recommend supplementation. The most common dose is 1 mg per day, but doses range from 5 - 10 mg weekly. 4 mg/day seems higher than usually recommended. There is some concern that too much folic acid might reduce the effectiveness of Methotrexate. Needs review with your doctor. Good wishes! ...Read more

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20 000 IU vit.A, 4000 IU vit.D3, 12 000 mcg Biotin, 800 mg Calcium, 100mg Niacin, 800 mcg Folic Acid, DAILY , is it safe ?

20 000 IU vit.A, 4000 IU vit.D3, 12 000 mcg Biotin, 800 mg Calcium,  100mg Niacin, 800 mcg Folic Acid,  DAILY , is it safe ?

Safe but: It's safe but not likely to be effective. What are you treating? Not heart disease! And you may increase your risk of kidney stones if you're so inclined. ...Read more

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What kind of supplement has activated folate (folic acid) and is typically recommended over Folic Acid suppliments?

Green leafy plants: I'm more of an advocate of getting your vitamins from FOOD, not from a bottle - where the substances within have been processed. Folate (or folic acid) is found naturally in green leafy plants - the name actually derives from 'foliage' or 'leaves'. So I advocate eating fresh veggies/plants. That type of diet also provides different minerals, micronutrients, anti-oxidants, fiber etc. that you need. ...Read more

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Folic acid and pre-natal vitamins does one need to take folic acid in addition to pre-natal vitamins, or should pre-natal vitamins suffice since it already includes folic acid?

Hello. : Hello. Prenatal vitamins are different than regular multiple vitamins in a couple of ways. They have more folic acid, calcium and iron than a regular multiple vitamin. Vitamin a levels are often reduced. Some prenatal vitamins contain folate which is in a more bioavailable form (5-methyltetrahydrofolate). So normally you would not need to add a separate Folic Acid pill with your prenatal vitamin. Take care. ...Read more

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Is alpha lipoic acid supplement safe to take daily? Male 22.

Is alpha lipoic acid supplement safe to take daily? Male 22.

Absolutely`: Very good but please remember that vitamins all work together in a team relationship so just taking one on its own may unbalance the team. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take a multivitamin containing folic acid while also taking a folic acid vitamin?

Is it okay to take a multivitamin containing folic acid while also taking a folic acid vitamin?

Yes.: When supplementing, it is wise to use a multi-vitamin/mineral as well. This is because taking one item, at the exclusion of others, can create a deficiency. For example, when using B12 one should take it along with b-complex so as not to correct one problem but then create another problem somewhere else. Another option is to use an adaptogen or adaptogen complex to correct or prevent deficiencies. ...Read more

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What is recommended daily allowance of vitamin a?

What is recommended daily allowance of vitamin a?

Men vs women: For men, about 4000 units a day. For women, about 2400 units a day. If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor, as high levels of vitamin a can cause birth defects. You also have to watch anti-aging creams, as they contain high levels of vitamin a. A balanced diet and a good multivitamin usually solves the problem. In pregnancy, take prenatal vitamins, as they usually have the correct vit a. ...Read more

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It is safe taking vitamin E I.U. and folic acid together?

It is safe taking vitamin E I.U. and folic acid together?

Vitamins: They may not cause adverse reaction if taken together but why do you need to take them ?
For more information refer to this link :
http://www.healthline.com/health/do-you-need-take-vitamins#benefits4 ...Read more

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Calcium supplement contains 2000IU Vit D as Cholecalciferol D3. 500% Daily Value. Is this harmful?

Calcium supplement contains 2000IU Vit D as Cholecalciferol D3. 500% Daily Value. Is this harmful?

It depends,,,: This is supposed to be for Vitamin D deficiency, for conditions that result from Vit D deficiency, and others that could be treated by Vit D supplements. If too much is taken, symptoms like vomiting, constipation, and kidney stones could result. If you have some of these symptoms, or you are concerned that you are taking too much, you should see your Dr. for an exam and dose change. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is folic acid or folate supplement pills better for pre-pregnancy preparation?

Is folic acid or folate supplement pills better for pre-pregnancy preparation?

Folate (folic acid) because...: Folic acid is a synthetic chemical. It is better absorbed than folate (folic acid) in foods but our bodies need to convert it to l-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (folic acid) (l-5-mthf), the active form. About 30% of people have genetic problems converting Folic Acid to l-5-mthf so unless you know you don't have that problem (which can be discovered with a blood test) it is safest to take the l-5-mthf form. ...Read more

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Does folate metafolin folic acid at 800 mcg cause hair loss?

Does folate metafolin folic acid at 800 mcg cause hair loss?

No.: Methylfolate side effects (only in some people) are: irritability, insomnia, sore muscles, achy joints, acne, rash, severe anxiety, palpitations, nausea, headaches, migraines. Hair loss is not a side effect of methylfolate (metafolin). ...Read more

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Can i take biotin 5000mcg with folic acid?

Yes but: That is a massive dose of biotin. Recommended doses are around 30 mcg. ...Read more

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I take several vitamins like centrum, biotin, vit C, folic acid and vit E, is it ok?

I take several vitamins like centrum, biotin, vit C, folic acid and vit E, is it ok?

Depends: Most likely you're fine, but it really depends on the dose of vitamin and whether or not you had a deficiency in any of those supplements. For some vitamins there is too much of a good thing. ...Read more

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