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Doctor insights on: Maximum Dose Of Folic Acid

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My folic acid is 4.88 ng/ml (range - 4.6 - 18.7). What form and what dose of folic acid should I take daily to get it to a proper level?

My folic acid is 4.88 ng/ml (range - 4.6 - 18.7). What form and what dose of folic acid should I take daily to get it to a proper level?

It is in range: Your folic acid is within normal range. Does not really matter that much if it is low normal, it is still normal. If you would feel better taking FA then it would be 1mg daily. ...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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What is the frequency and dose of folic acid? It is causing constipation how can I solve it/

What is the frequency and dose of folic acid? It is causing constipation how can I solve it/

Folic acid: Depending on the age & the deficiency, the serum level & what it is used for, the usual adult dose is 400-1, 000 microgram per day. ...Read more

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I took an extra daily dose of folic acid yesterday and today I developed heartburn, can that cause heartburn?

I took an extra daily dose of folic acid yesterday and today I developed heartburn, can that cause heartburn?

Could depend on dose: I've had patients tell me that Folic Acid sometimes causes some gastrointestinal distress and heartburn, and it is a listed side effect. Higher doses seem to do it more. That being said, most people taking extra Folic Acid are also pregnant - which is prime time for developing heartburn symptoms, independent of Folic Acid use. ...Read more

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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

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What dose of folic acid should I start with, I'm 8 weeks pregnant?

What dose of folic acid should I start with, I'm 8 weeks pregnant?

0.4mg = 400mcg: Assuming that you do not have children affected by neural tube defect like Spina Bifida, you should be taking 0.4mg of folic acid (folate) once a day. The dose may be written as 400 mcg. In addition to the prenatal vitamin, consume a healthy diet with natural sources of folic acid. Consult your doctor if you have a child with a neural tube defect, because you may need a higher dose of folate. ...Read more

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What is the dose of folic acid to take pre-ovulation period? Are there specific supplements to boost fertility? Thanks.

What is the dose of folic acid to take pre-ovulation period? Are there specific supplements to boost fertility? Thanks.

400 mcg: Any women trying or at risk for pregnancy should be taking a vitamin with at least 400 mcg of Folic acid to reduce the risk of birth defects. Any OTC prenatal or women's vitamin should have that. There are no supplements to boost fertility, despite what you see advertised. ...Read more

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Hi we are planning baby these days. So should I start taking folic acid and if yes then please tell me dose and brand of folic acid. Thanks.

Hi we are planning baby these days. So should I start taking folic acid and if yes then please tell me dose and brand of folic acid. Thanks.

Yes, 5-MTHF: Yes, Folic Acid is proven to significantly reduce risk of certain serious birth defects but is important to take in the first days of pregnancy, before you know you are pregnant. One third of people can't convert Folic Acid to the active form so to be safe I advise that form, called l-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (folic acid) (5-mthf), 400-800 mcg. Good brands include nutricolgy's quatreactiv folate (folic acid). ...Read more

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Should every woman ttc take folate (folic acid)? What is the dose?

Should every woman ttc take folate (folic acid)? What is the dose?

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

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What is the dose for folic acid for pregnant women?

What is the dose for folic acid for pregnant women?

400 micrograms: The recommendation is to take at least 400 micrograms daily starting 3 months before getting pregnant. Essentially all prenatal vitamins or daily multivitamins have this in it already. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take the 1x/week dose of methotrexate at the same time as the 1 mg folic acid daily dos (both at dinner) or do I have to space it apart?

Is it okay to take the 1x/week dose of methotrexate at the same time as the 1 mg folic acid daily dos (both at dinner) or do I have to space it apart?

Space it!: Folic acid, several sulfa-antibiotics, and sulfasalazine interfere with the absorption of methotrexate. Take separately! This would not be an issue, if you injected mtx. The way that I have most of my patients take the medication. ...Read more

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Can I still take folic acid 400mcg with the pregna care which is includ folic acid 400 much or that will be over dose? I'm pregnant 12 weeks now

Can I still take folic acid 400mcg with the pregna care which is includ folic acid 400 much or that will be over dose? I'm pregnant 12 weeks now

Yes: Not an overdose at all, in fact many prenatal vits contain 800 mcg. Folic acid is non-toxic at any dose. However, 1/3 to 1/2 of people have difficulty converting Folic Acid to the active form, l-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (l-5-mtfh) so to be safe you might want to take the l-5-mthf form in future pregnancies. Folate (folic acid) is most important the first few weeks of pregnancy when the neural tube is forming. ...Read more

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My baby taking daily 2.5 mg folic acid. Her age is 11 months 20 Days and needs transfusion after every 45 days for hb e beta thall. Is the doses ok? Adv

Probably okay: This is a large dose of folic acid; however, someone must have prescribed this amount. I assume you either have a suspension or that you are crushing the pills and sprinkling over applesauce or something similar. Depending on what her fetal hemoglobin is and what her blood counts are. She may benefit from hydroxyurea. Ask your hematologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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She got ectopic pregnant and she took a small dose of chemotherapy, now she prepares for another pregnant does she need folic acid before it happens?

She got ectopic pregnant and she took a small dose of chemotherapy, now she prepares for another pregnant does she need folic acid before it happens?

Pre-natal vitamins: She should take pre-natal vitamins that have folic acid. Taking additional folic acid will not do any harm, and may be good. ...Read more

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I read the if u take folic acid and vit B12 and can help with depression, is this true and what dose would I take of each or please adv on effective vita?

If U R depressed: U need to see a mental herb professional for evaluation and treatment. In addition depression is just a symptoms and not necessary a diagnoses, Folic Acid and B12 can be used as add on. ...Read more

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Am scared to take humira (adalimumab). Can I ask my doc to increase my mtx dose and the folic acid? I am taking 15mg mtx and 5mg folic

Am scared to take humira (adalimumab). Can I ask my doc to increase my mtx dose and the folic acid? I am taking 15mg mtx and 5mg folic

Asking a doctor: When a good doctor -patient relationship exists, the patient is comfortable in asking the doctor anything. A good physician always finds the time to fully answer your questions. It is also O.K. To decline a doctors recommendation and to seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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Folic acid 5mg cause spotting 2dpo untill next period. Happens everytime I take it but hv to take now bcos ttc. Can reduce dose to 400ug?

Folic acid 5mg cause spotting 2dpo untill next period. Happens everytime I take it but hv to take now bcos ttc. Can reduce dose to 400ug?

Consider 5-MTHF form: About 1/3 of people genetically have difficulty converting Folic Acid to its active form, 5-mthf. These people will benefit much more from taking that form of foiate- see www. Drdebe. Com/l-5-mthf-new-supplement-that-could-save-your-life. Html. There is evidence that folic acid, a synthetic substance, may be hazardous for many-see www. Drfuhrman. Com/library/folic_acid_dangers_and_prenatal_vitamins. Aspx. ...Read more

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I have a Hx of Anencephaly in 2 precious pregnancies... I'm currently pregnant. I'm on high dose folic acid. Can too much folic acid be harmful?

No.: Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin which is a co-factor necessary for adequate production of energy necessary for all of our cell's energy needs--particularly the rapidly-dividing cells of the embryo and fetus. You could take double-blinded or triple the amount prescribed to you, and most all would be washed out of the body within 24 hours. ...Read more

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