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Folic Acid belongs to the vitamin B group. Folic Acid tablets may be used to treat:
folate deficiency anaemia caused by poor diet, poor absorption of food (such as in coeliac disease or a digestive disorder called sprue) or increased use of folate in the body (as
pregnancy) to prevent: folate deficiency caused by some medicines (e.g. those used to treat epilepsy such as phenytoin, phenobarbital and primidone) folate deficiency caused
by long-term red blood cell damage or kidney dialysis neural tube defects in babies (e.g. spina bifida), where women are at risk of having an affected child.
Like all medicines, Folic Acid tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Allergic reaction (hypersensitivity) e.g. itchy/ red skin, rash, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat or difficulty breathing or swallowing, shock (cold sweaty skin, weak pulse,
Stomach and intestines: loss of appetite, feeling sick, a bloated feeling, wind.
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 B
Pregnancy and breast-feeding:
If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast feeding ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.