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Folate

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Vitamin B Adult, Children

Folate - What is it for

Folic acid (or folate) is a type of vitamin naturally found in some foods that helps the body to produce red blood cells. A lack of folic acid may result in folate-deficiency anemia, a condition in which there is insufficient healthy red blood cells to provide oxygen to the body.

During pregnancy, folic acid supplementation may reduce the incidence of birth defects (e.g. abnormal development of brain and spinal cord in the baby).

Folic acid supplementation may be required in those with certain conditions (e.g. kidney disease, excessive alcohol intake) or taking certain medications (e.g. Methotrexate, Sulfasalazine).

Folate - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Folate cause?

Some side effects of folic acid include bloating, rash, itch or difficulty breathing.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Folate, what precautions must I follow?

​Before starting on this medication, inform your healthcare professional if you:

  • Are allergic to this medication, or any of the other ingredients in this medication
  • Are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Folate?

Folate - Dosage and How to Use

How should Folate be used?

  • Do not stop taking your medications without checking with your healthcare professional
  • This medication may be taken with or without food

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only the usual dose. Do not double your dose or use extra medication to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Folate - Handling

How should I handle Folate safely?

Folate - Storage

How should I store Folate?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

Throw away all expired medications. 

How should I dispose of Folate safely?

Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing it into the rubbish chute or bin.

Folate - Additional Information

  • Updated on Tuesday, December 31, 2019
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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