Table of contents:
- Indications for Folic Acid
- Folic acid side effects
- Contraindications of folic acid
- How to use folic acid
Folicil, Enfol, Folacin, Acfol or Endofolin are trade names for folic acid, which can be found in tablets, solution or drops.
Folic acid, which is vitamin B9, is an antianemic and a fundamental nutrient during the preconception period, to prevent baby malformations such as spina bifida, myelomeningocele, anencephaly or any problem related to the formation of the nervous system baby.
Folic acid stimulates the production of red blood cells, white blood cells and blood collaborating for the optimal formation of red blood cells
Indications for Folic Acid
Megaloblastic anemia, macrocytic anemia, pre-gestational period, breastfeeding, periods of rapid growth, people taking medications that cause folic acid deficiency.
Folic acid side effects
Can cause constipation, allergy symptoms and difficulty breathing.
Contraindications of folic acid
Normocytic anemia, aplastic anemia, pernicious anemia.
How to use folic acid
- Adults and elderly: folic acid deficiency - 0.25 to 1mg/day; megaloblastic anemia or prevention before becoming pregnant - 5 mg/day
- Children: premature and infants - 0.25 to 0.5 ml/day; 2 to 4 years - 0.5 to 1 mL/day; over 4 years- 1 to 2 mL/day.
Folic acid can be found in tablets of 2 or 5 mg, in solution of 2 mg/5 ml or indrops of o, 2mg/mL.