Folic acid, which is the primary constituent of Folitab 5 MG Tablet, is a naturally occurring form of vitamin B necessary for maintaining some very important functions in the body.
This medicine is used for the prevention and treatment of a specific form of anemia in which the blood cells fail to mature properly (megaloblastic anemia).
Folic acid deficiency
This medicine is used to supplement the body with folic acid in deficient conditions. Deficiency is characterized by mouth ulcer, pallor, persistent weakness, and lethargy.
Supplementation during pregnancy
This medicine is used to supplement the body of a pregnant women with folic acid. Lack of folic acid during a pregnancy may result in birth defects of the child.
Before you take
Do not take Folic Acid tablets and tell your doctor if you have:
An allergy (hypersensitivity) to folic acid or any of the other ingredients in the tablets
An untreated vitamin B12 deficiency such as in certain anaemias and lifelong vegetarians
Pernicious anaemia (a form of anaemia caused by lack of vitamin B12 ) or another condition caused by vitamin B12 deficiency.
A malignant (cancerous) disease.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist
before taking Folic Acid tablets if you:
Have a folate dependent tumour
Have any disease that reduces the amount of vitamin B12 in the body
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. Especially:
Antiepileptics (to treat epilepsy) such as phenytoin, phenobarbital and primidone
Antibacterials (to treat infections) such as chloramphenicol and co-trimoxazole
Sulfasalazine (to treat ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease or rheumatoid arthritis)
Methotrexate (to treat Crohn’s disease, psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis).
Adults (including the elderly):
To treat folate deficiency anaemia: 5mg a day for 4 months, which may be increased up to a maximum of 15mg a day.
To prevent folate deficiency caused by some medicines: 5mg a day for 4 months, which may be increased up to a maximum of 15mg a day.
To prevent folate deficiency caused by long-term red blood cell damage or kidney dialysis: 5mg every 1-7 days.
To prevent neural tube defects in babies, where women are at risk of having an affected child: 5mg a day started before conception and continued throughout the first three months.
To treat folate deficiency during pregnancy: 5mg a day continued to birth.
Children: For young children a more suitable form of the medicine should be used.
To treat folate deficiency anaemia: Children 1-18 years old: 5mg a day for 4 months. The maintenance dose is 5mg every 1-7 days.
To treat haemolytic anaemia and metabolic disorders: Children 1-12 years old: 2.5mg-5mg once a day. Children 12-18 years old: 5-10mg once a day.
To prevent folate deficiency in kidney dialysis: Children 1-12 years old: 250micrograms per kg of body weight (up to a maximum of 10mg) once a day. Children 12-18 years old: 5-10mg once a day
Possible side effects:
Like all medicines, Folic Acid tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects, they get worse or you notice any not listed:
Rare (affecting more than 1 in 10,000 but less than 1 in 1,000 patients)
Allergic reaction (hypersensitivity) e.g. itchy/red skin, rash.
Severe allergic reaction (anaphylactic reaction) – swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat or difficulty breathing or swallowing, shock (cold sweaty skin, weak pulse, dry mouth, dilated pupils).
Stomach and intestines: loss of appetite, feeling sick, a bloated feeling, wind.
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