Folic acid is a very important vitamin, a B vitamin to be specific, that can be found in many foods essential to a healthy and balanced diet such as lentils, liver, beets, dried beans, asparagus, broccoli, spinach, and more. Folic acid is critical for cell growth and maintenance, and for the prevention of DNA deviations that could lead to disease. Physicians prescribe folic acid for many reasons; a primary reason would be anemia, or lack of sufficient red blood cells, that is commonly due to a dearth of folic acid within the body.
Folic acid, like most drugs and vitamins, etc., can be compounded by your skilled and knowledgeable compounding pharmacist into a wide array of deliverables such as solutions and powders, etc., but it is often given as a tablet. Tablets should be taken with a full glass of water and patients should follow their physician's directions. Your physician may occasionally vary your dosage to get the optimum benefit for your condition, but never change your dosage without your physician's specific direction.
Many patients tolerate folic acid quite well and suffer no side effects whatsoever, but side effects are possible with folic acid. Watch for any of the following side effects and if they, or any other side effects you experience, are worrisome, lingering, or increasing, contact your physician right away:
WARNING: Always take folic acid under the supervision of your physician. If levels of folic acid are exceedingly higher than needed by the body then an increased risk for disease may be a concern. Always let your physician manage your dosage and never deviate from his or her dosage recommendations.
Anyone who is contemplating the use of any new drug is strongly advised, for their own health and safety, to have a full physical and medical review with their primary care physician before beginning use. Your physician can inform you of any possible contraindications that exist, or could exist, for the use of folic acid in regard to your specific health status, age, and medical condition.
NOTE: Inform your physician of all medications, drugs, and supplements that you are currently taking or have recently taken. Your physician may not prescribe folic acid if you have a possible drug interaction.
ALLERGIC REACTION WARNING: Ask your physician about the risks and signs of a possible severe allergic reaction. Always seek medical treatment immediately if you think you are having any allergic reaction.
Patients who have currently, or a history of, any of the following conditions or procedures should first consult with their physician before beginning to take folic acid in any form:
Consult with your physician before taking folic acid in any form if you are allergic to any of the following:
NOTE: While folic acid is generally seen to be very beneficial for pregnant mothers, pregnancy is a unique experience for every woman and pregnant women or women planning a pregnancy should consult with they primary care physician before beginning to use folic acid in any form.
If you are breastfeeding or planning to, consult with your primary care physician before taking folic acid.
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