acid is the man-made form of folate. Folate is a B-vitamin naturally found
in some foods. It is needed to form healthy cells, especially red blood
acid supplements may come in different forms (such as L-methylfolate,
levomefolate, methyltetrahydrofolate). They are used to treat or prevent low
folate levels. Low folate levels can lead to certain types of anemia.
Conditions that can cause low folate levels include poor diet, pregnancy, alcoholism, liver
disease, certain stomach/intestinal problems, kidney dialysis, among
others. Women of childbearing age should receive adequate amounts of folic acid
either through their diet or supplements to prevent infant spinal
cord birth defects.
acid usually has very few side effects. If you have any unusual effects
from taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
your doctor has directed you to use this product, remember that he or she has
judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many
people using this product do not have serious side effects.
very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get
medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic
reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble
is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects
not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may
contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other
problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,
especially of: vitamin B-12 deficiency (pernicious anemia).
having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products
you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal
acid is safe to take during pregnancy when used as directed. It
is included in prenatal vitamin products. Certain spinal cord birth
defects may be prevented by taking adequate amounts of folic acid during
pregnancy. Consult your doctor for more details.
acid passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant.
Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.