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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

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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Why is a woman taking methotroxate and a folic acid supplement?

Why is a woman taking methotroxate and a folic acid supplement?

Many possibilities : Methotrexate was originally developed as a chemotherapy agent for a variety of cancers but is now more commonly used to treat autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis & psoriasis. Folic acid should be taken with it to reduce side effects & toxicity. Why don't you ask the woman? See http://arthritis.About.Com/od/mtx/a/methotrexate.Htm. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take folic acid for hair?

Is it safe to take folic acid for hair?

Need more informatio: Problems with hair can be the result of zinc or magnesium deficiency. Thryoid problems also need to be ruled out. Biotin is another issue. ...Read more

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What is a food folic acid medication for earlt pregnancy?

Prenatal vitamins: Prenatal vitamins have the suggested amount of Folic Acid to prevent neural tube defects seen in patients who don't get enough Folic Acid during pregnancy. It also has other vitamins and minerals needed for pregnancy as well. Ask your OB doc for the one they recommend. ...Read more

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

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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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Is folic acid a treatment for anemia?

Is folic acid a treatment for anemia?

For some types: Folic acid is a treatment for anemia due to deficiency of folic acid. For safety it should be take with vitamin B12. If you are anemic it is more likely to be due to iron deficiency. It would be prudent to see a doctor and have a simple test that will be a good indication of the cause of anemia so that appropriate treatment may be given. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take nine miligrams of folic acid?

Is it safe to take nine miligrams of folic acid?

Yes: 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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What is folart folic acid?Is it only for pregnant women?

Folate/Folic acid: Folate (folic acid) and Folic Acid are different forms of the same b vitamin. It's important for everyone -- not just pregnant women. It's important in development of blood cells and neurological function. It's especially important for pregnant women because of its role in preventing neural tube defects in the baby. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ascorbic acid overdose?

What is the treatment for ascorbic acid overdose?

No such thing unless: In general vitamin c is extremely safe and non-toxic and you can not overdose, in the sense of taking a quantity that would damage your health. There is a limit to how much you can absorb, and when this amount is exceeded you won't absorb any more and it will act as a laxative.The exception is people who have a hereditary g6pd deficiency, in which high doses of IV vit c can cause hemolytic anemia. ...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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What is folic acid benefit?

What is folic acid benefit?

DNA repair, blood: Everyone needs it to produce health red blood cells, and for fertility our bodies need it to synthesize and repair dna. Its particularly important in infants and during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it okay for everyone to be taking folic acid?

Yes: 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 it ok to take folate instead of folic acid in a vitamin?

Is it ok to take folate instead of folic acid in a vitamin?

You say potato...: Yes, perhaps you've heard the song. Folate (folic acid) and Folic acid are synonyms, meaning they are two words for the exact same thing. Folate (folic acid) is the term used by chemists by convention, Folic acid is a more non specific term but the chemical is identical. Either way, it's all good. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for mefenamic acid overdose?

What is the treatment for mefenamic acid overdose?

Treat condition : Treat the conditions which occur from the overdosage from evaluation in er. ...Read more

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Is ok if I am taking a prenatal vitamins that has 800mcg of folic acid, and take another folic acid vitamin thar has 400mcg???

Its fine: Up to about 1000mcg or 1 mg is perfectly fine and this is just 1200 mcg. However, in the 400mcg pill you said folic acid vitamin. I am assuming you mean just a folic acid supplement and not a multivitamin. You can get too much of things like vitamin A, so just be aware of that. ...Read more

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Is folic acid ok for men to use and what is the advantages?

Is folic acid ok for men to use and what is the advantages?

Folic acid: Folic acid supplement "just because" are never good. If the person on behalf of which you are inquiring is Folic Acid deficient, then he needs to be considered for supplementation. Otherwise, taking vitamins without clear deficiency or situations that require supplementation (certain meds that interfere with vitamin metabolism), may be even harmful. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed folic acid with vitamine B and iodine for all pregnancy. Is the duration OK or it's too long?

Prenatal nutrition: Folate deficiency can cause neural tube defects and folic acid supplementation can prevent them. The ACOG does not currently endorse the prenatal-supplement recommendation of iodine, advising instead that women get their iodine through dietary sources. If having a well-balanced diet, vitamin B routine supplementation is not recommended. ...Read more

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What is the medical benefit of folic acid for pregnant women?

What is the medical benefit of folic acid for pregnant women?

Prevent Spina Bifida: Folic acid is extremely important during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida, a condition in which the spinal vertebrae do not close properly and the spinal cord is not protected. There are several types of spina bifida, all of which can be prevented with folic acid. Folic acid is also important for making dna and development of the neurological system - especially the spinal cord and vertebrae. ...Read more

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