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folic acid (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking folic acid (FA-8, Folacin-800)?

You should not use this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to folic acid.

If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication:

  • kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
  • hemolytic anemia;
  • pernicious anemia;
  • anemia that has not been diagnosed by a doctor and confirmed with laboratory testing;
  • an infection; or
  • if you are an alcoholic.

FDA pregnancy category A. Folic acid is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby, and your dose needs may even increase while you are pregnant. Talk to your doctor about taking folic acid during pregnancy.

Your dose needs may also be different if you are breast-feeding a baby. Ask your doctor about taking folic acid if you are breast-feeding.

How should I take folic acid (FA-8, Folacin-800)?

Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Take folic acid with a full glass of water.

Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication.

Store folic acid at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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