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Who needs to take folic acid supplements?

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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine
9 doctors agree

In brief: All fertile women

All women of childbearing age who are at risk for pregnancy should be taking, or at least should consider starting, a Folic Acid supplement.
A minimum daily dose of 400mg is advisable. This should be increased to 1000mg in women above 35, or for women taking certain medications, such as valproic acid. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, in a newborn baby.

In brief: All fertile women

All women of childbearing age who are at risk for pregnancy should be taking, or at least should consider starting, a Folic Acid supplement.
A minimum daily dose of 400mg is advisable. This should be increased to 1000mg in women above 35, or for women taking certain medications, such as valproic acid. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, in a newborn baby.
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
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Dr. Matt Pflieger
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Pregnant patients

If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, then you should be on 0.
8mg a day. Sometimes a doctor may recommend more if you have had frequent miscarriages. Some people have anemia due to low Folic Acid levels and should be taking a supplement. The other major reason is if you are taking the medicine methotrexate.

In brief: Pregnant patients

If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, then you should be on 0.
8mg a day. Sometimes a doctor may recommend more if you have had frequent miscarriages. Some people have anemia due to low Folic Acid levels and should be taking a supplement. The other major reason is if you are taking the medicine methotrexate.
Dr. Matt Pflieger
Dr. Matt Pflieger
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