You are buying 1 x 100 Folic Acid 5mg tablets in blisters
Folic acid is one of the B vitamins your body needs for good health.
Getting enough of this vitamin prevents folic acid deficiency anemia.
Folic acid plays a big role in preventing birth defects.
Women who are pregnant or might become pregnant take folic acid to prevent miscarriage and “neural tube defects,” birth defects such as spina bifida that occur when the foetus’s spine and back do not close during development.
Oral absorption is rapid and almost complete.
It is converted to tetrahydrofolate (active metabolite) in the liver and is excreted in the urine.
Always take Folic Acid tablets exactly as your doctor has told you.
If you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Swallow the tablets with water.
Adults (including the elderly):
* To treat folate deficiency anaemia: 5mg a day for 4 months, which may be increased up to a maximum of 15mg a day.
* To prevent folate deficiency caused by some medicines: 5mg a day for 4 months, which may be increased up to a maximum of 15mg a day.
* To prevent folate deficiency caused by long-term red blood cell damage or kidney dialysis: 5mg every 1-7 days.
* To prevent neural tube defects in babies, where women are at risk of having an affected child: 5mg a day started before conception and continued throughout the first three months.
* To treat folate deficiency during pregnancy: 5mg a day continued to birth.
* For young children a more suitable form of the medicine should be used.
* To treat folate deficiency anaemia: Children 1-18 years old: 5mg a day for 4 months.The maintenance dose is 5mg every 1-7 days.
* To treat haemolytic anaemia and metabolic disorders: Children 1-12 years old: 2.5mg-5mg once a day.Children 12-18 years old: 5-10mg once a day.
* To prevent folate deficiency in kidney dialysis: Children 1-12 years old: 250micrograms per kg of body weight (up to a maximum of 10mg) once a day.Children 12-18 years old: 5-10mg once a day.