Folic Acid is required for various metabolic processes
including the synthesis of DNA and amino-acid conversions.
Deficiency can result in megaloblastic anaemia, pregnancy
complications and birth defects.
Folic acid is taken daily by patients who may require
supplementation due to increased utilization, especially
patients with sickle-cell anaemia, haemolytic anaemia, or
pregnancy-induced anaemia, or patients on renal dialysis.
Folic acid is also used in women of child-bearing potential and pregnant women to protect against neural tube defects in their offspring.
Each tablet contains Folic Acid 5mg
The usual dose is 5mg daily or as directed by a physician. Up to
15mg daily may be necessary in malabsorption states. For women
of child-bearing potential, folic acid 5mg can be given daily,
starting before pregnancy and continued through the first
Folic Acid should never be given alone for the treatment of undiagnosed megaloblastic anaemia, since folic acid could mask the symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency which can lead to serious neurological damage.