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Doctor insights on: Side Effects Of Too Much Folic Acid

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Can too much folic acid inhibit methotrexate?Was on 1mg folic acid/day & great long time.Due to side effects, increased to 3mg folic acid & now flaring

Can too much folic acid inhibit methotrexate?Was on 1mg folic acid/day & great long time.Due to side effects, increased to 3mg folic acid & now flaring

Too much folic acid: Imo, doses above 1 mg daily are a waste of money. Higher doses simply get excreted in the urine. Many rheumatologists do not routinely prescribe Folic Acid with Methotrexate unless there is evidence of Methotrexate toxicity. ...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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Taking pnv & folate (folic acid) side effects?

Taking pnv & folate (folic acid) side effects?

Nausea: Usual side effects are nausea and sometimes vomiting. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of folic acid supplement?

Cramp diarrhea: High doses of Folic Acid might cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea, rash, sleep disorders, irritabilit, confusion, nausea, stomach upset, behavior changes, skin reactions, seizures, gas, and excitability.
Folic acid in 800-1200mcg might increase the risk of heart attack in people who have heart problems. Dont take more than 400mcg a day unless directed by your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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I am on risperidone, palodrel, clomid, (clomiphene) folic acid, multivitamins. I'm afraid about side effects & toxins. Pls what do you advice?

I am on risperidone, palodrel, clomid, (clomiphene) folic acid, multivitamins. I'm afraid about side effects & toxins. Pls what do you advice?

Risperdal: I advise talking with your treatment team (psychiatrist, pcp & ob/gyn.) about risks versus benefits of medications while planning to get pregnant. ...Read more

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My doc says im aneamic and has prescribed me dexorange syrup it has iron folic acid and vitamin B12 but im afraid will it giv me any side effects?

My doc says im aneamic and has prescribed me dexorange syrup it has iron folic acid and vitamin B12 but im afraid will it giv me any side effects?

Anemia treatmemt: Other than possible constipation, caused by iron, the syrup (s) your physician (p) prescribed will give harmless. Ask your p what you folate, (folic acid) iron and B12 values are. If they are normal, you will gain nothing by the s. Anemia can come from blood loss, either by GI or menstrual losses. If you iron (i) level is low, and you eat meat, consider one of those as the cause of your anemia. ...Read more

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Is it true that folic acid and green tea supplements help fight cervical dysplasia and HPV? Any side effects?

Is it true that folic acid and green tea supplements help fight cervical dysplasia and HPV? Any side effects?

Adjunct only : The claims about green tea are based on Petri dish work. I think it's rubbish. You will pee out any folic acid beyond that your body needs. HPV is ubiquitous but if you have dysphasia and do not comply with treatment that is essentially 100% effective if done on time, it can cost you your life. Be discerning and good luck. ...Read more

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What are the effects of taking too much folic acid?

Basically non-toxic: Folic acid is a very safe supplement even at quite high doses. Here are links to reliable research publications on the topic:

http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/2667316

http://www.Thelancet.Com/journals/lancet/article/piis0140-6736%2870%2991845-3/abstract

doses of 1000mcg daily are not toxic. ...Read more

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Can you get too much folic acid?

Can you get too much folic acid?

Nope.: All vitamin b complex substances are water-soluble, which means that excess ingested amounts are expelled in the urine, thus avoiding any hypervitaminosis risks. Only the elderly can have subacute spinal degeneration from inadequate vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) while taking excessive folic acid. ...Read more

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Could women get too much folic acid?

Could women get too much folic acid?

Generally NO but...: Folic acid as a water-soluble vitamin has no known toxicity. However, there is evidence that very high doses may interfere with the action of some seizure medicines and thus may provoke seizures in those taking certain anticonvulants. Otherwise there are no known hazards from high Folic Acid intake. See http://ods.Od.Nih.Gov/factsheets/folate. ...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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Can you take too much folic acid? I take 2 mg (not mcg) a day (prescribed) since 10/12, but no blood work since.

Hefty dose: There can be adverse side effects of excessive Folic Acid intake. 2 mg is a lot even when treating a deficiency. Usual recommendation is 400mcg/day. Might be good to get leve checked and discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can i harm my unborn by taking too much folic acid . ? My previous pregnancy was terminated because ntd. So i know I do need a little more folic acid

Can i harm my unborn by taking too much folic acid . ?  My previous pregnancy was terminated because ntd. So i know I do need a little more folic acid

Take 4-5 mg daily.: There is no such thing a too much Folic Acid - your body does not store the excess folic acid, it is excreted in your urine like all water-soluble vitamins of the b complex. I agree with dr. Livingston's advice for at least 4-5 mg daily of Folic Acid with a prior ontd. Folate prevents autism, preterm birth, miscarriage, fetal cardiac and brain anomalies. ...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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Can you have too much folic acid? My dr put me on 5mg as I have a high risk pregnancy, but i also take pregnacare that has 400mcg & i eat healthy?Thx

Can you have too much folic acid? My dr put me on 5mg as I have a high risk pregnancy, but i also take pregnacare that has 400mcg & i eat healthy?Thx

Very safe: Folic acid is very safe with no known toxicity. There is only one reason some authorities advise limiting Folic Acid to 1 mg/day which had nothing to do with Folic Acid being hazardous but due to the fact that high doses can cover up evidence of B12 deficiency. If you are not deficient in B12 then high doses are quite safe- see http://lpi.Oregonstate.Edu/infocenter/vitamins/fa/. ...Read more

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Will try 2 conceive in 1 and half mnths after a mc.Taking prenatals since past 5 mnths.Is 800mcg folate, (folic acid)150 mg Ca too less and 4000 IU Vit A too much?

Will try 2 conceive in 1 and half mnths after a mc.Taking prenatals since past 5 mnths.Is 800mcg folate, (folic acid)150 mg Ca too less and 4000 IU Vit A too much?

No, it's fine: There is no danger in taking large amounts of folate (folic acid) & calcium.
It is best to avoid more than 10,000 iu of Vit A in pregnancy. I might limit it to 5000 iu to be safe, but some A is essential. It is safe to take unlimited amounts of beta carotene. See
http://bit.ly/1khXuAE.
Conceiving again soon improves odds of success- see
http://bit.ly/SMrPfY
I advise taking the L-5MTHF form of folate (folic acid). ...Read more

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Is 1, 600mcg of folic acid too much during pregnancy?

Is 1, 600mcg of folic acid too much during pregnancy?

No, however...: I know of no evidence that this dose would be harmful. The recommended intake for women planning/during pregnancy is 600 mcg. Authorities have set an "upper tolerable limit" of 1000 mcg but this isn't because higher levels are proven dangerous but because it could mask B12 deficiency. However, 30% of people have trouble converting Folic Acid to the active form 5-mthf, so taking that form is optimal. ...Read more

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Is 6mg folic acid too much for first trimester?

Is 6mg folic acid too much for first trimester?

More than enough: 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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Is there any harm in taking too much folate (folic acid) acid while trying to concieve?

Is there any harm in taking too much folate (folic acid) acid while trying to concieve?

Folate/folic acid: Is a b vitamin found in green leafy veggies, beans, peas, sunflower seeds, & supplements. Taken before & during pregnancy it helps prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida. Od symptoms may include numbness/tingling, mouth/tongue pain, weakness, tired feeling confusion, or trouble concentrating, but od unlikely since it's water-soluble & removed from body in urine. 600-800 mcg/d usual dose. ...Read more

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What is the side effect of folic acid on baby?

What is the side effect of folic acid on baby?

Folic acid: Folic acid deficiency can cause neural tube defects in the fetus, and Folic Acid supplementation can prevent them. Folic acid supplementation around the time of coneception reduces the incidence of neural tube defects by 50 to 70 percent. ...Read more

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Trying to conceive and taking folic acid 800mcg can I take two per day or is too much?

Trying to conceive  and taking folic acid 800mcg can I take  two per day or is too much?

No that is fine: But u don't need any more than that and u should also be taking a prenatal vitamin while trying to conceive. ...Read more

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