Folavite (folic acid) is a supplement of folate and B vitamins, used to treat or prevent low folate levels, as it can cause certain types of anemia or birth defects.
Folate and folic acid are water-soluble forms of B vitamins. Folate is formed naturally in food and folic acid is a man-made version of folate.
Conditions that can cause low folate levels include poor diet, pregnancy, drinking alcohol, liver disease, certain stomach or intestinal problems, or kidney dialysis.
Folic acid helps prevent and treat low blood folate levels (folate deficiency) and high blood homocysteine levels (hyperhomocysteinemia). Pregnant women or women who are planning to get pregnant can consume folic acid to prevent miscarriage and spina bifida (neural tube defects).
Folic acid can also be used for other treatments such as depression, stroke, memory loss, and thinking skills in older people.
Folavite Dosage Considerations
Use Folavite as prescribed by your doctor according to the dosing schedule.
Oral Folavite for Adults
1 mcg of DFE equals to 1 mcg of food folate. 1 mcg of DFE equals 0.6 mcg of folic acid supplements. The RDA for adults is 400 mcg DFE for men and women, 600 mcg DFE for pregnant women, and 500 mcg DFE for breastfeeding women.
- Dosage for folic acid deficiency: 250 mcg to 1 mg per day.
- Dosage for prevention of birth defects of the brain and spine (spina bifida):
- Women who plan to get pregnant may take 400 mcg of folic acid per day from fortified foods or supplements.
- Pregnant women are recommended to consume 600 mcg of folic acid per day from fortified foods or supplements.
- Women with previous pregnancies with complications of neural tube defects can take 4 mg per day–starting one month before and continue consuming three months after conception.
- Dosage for lower risk of colon cancer: 400 mcg per day.
- Dosage for hyperhomocysteinemia: 200 mcg to 15 mg per day.
- Dosage to improve response to medications for depression: 200 mcg to 500 mcg per day.
- Dosage for skin disorders that cause skin white patches (vitiligo): 5 mg twice per day.
- Dosage for reduced toxicity: 1 mg per day may be adequate, but 5 mg per day is fine.
- Dosage for prevention of age-related macular degeneration: 2.5 mg of folic acid, 1 mg of vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin), and 50 mg of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) per day.
- Dosage for prevention of stroke: 500 mcg to 40 mg of folic acid per day.
- Dosage for memory impairment and thinking skills in older people: 400 mcg of folic acid per day or 800 mcg of folic acid with 20 mg of vitamin B6 and 500 mcg of vitamin B12 per day.
Oral Folavite for Children
Dosage for gum problems caused by a drug called phenytoin for children aged 6 to 15 years: 500 mcg of folic acid can be used per day
Topical Folavite for Adults
Dosage for gum problems in pregnant women: Use mouthwash containing folic acid twice a day for 1 minute.
Folavite Injection for Adults
Dosage for lowering homocysteine in people with end-stage renal disease: 10 mg post-hemodialysis, 3 times a week, administered intravenously.
Make sure to read all the instructions on the product package before using Folavite, such as:
- Use Folavite as indicated on the product package or as directed by your doctor.
- Do not increase or lower the dosage without your doctor’s advice.
- Recommended dosage of Folavite for adults and children is up to 1 mg per day. Persistent cases may require higher doses. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before changing the dosage.
- Keep Folavite away from children.
- Do not take the medicine if it has changed in color, smells, and expires. Call your doctor or pharmacist for new medicines.
- Folavite generally does not interact with other medications, but be careful if you are taking other folic acid or pyrimethamine supplements. Make sure your doctor knows all the medications you take.
- Folavite is safe to consume during pregnancy when used as directed. Certain spinal cord birth defects can be prevented by consuming adequate amounts of folic acid during pregnancy.
- Note that folic acid can pass into breast milk, but it does not cause harm to the baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
What is Folavite Used for
To get the most benefits of Folavite, you should use the medicine properly and according to your doctor’s instructions. Folavite can be used for treatments, such as:
- Eye disease that causes vision loss in older adults (age-related macular degeneration)
- Memory and thinking skills in older people
- High blood pressure
- Gum problems in pregnant women
- Gum problems caused by a drug called phenytoin
- Skin disorders (vitiligo)
Contrary to the previous list, Folavite is considered ineffective for conditions, such as:
- Breast cancer
- Respiratory tract infection
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Prevention of patient falls
- Stillbirth or premature baby
- Toxicity caused by a drug called lometrexol
- Improve physical performance in elderly adults
- Memory and thinking skills in older people
- Pregnancy complications characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine (preeclampsia)
- Low levels of healthy red blood cells (anemia) due to iron deficiency
List of Side Effects
Folavite usually has few side effects. If you have any unusual side effects after using Folavite, talk to your doctor right away.
Generally, folic acid is safe for consumption, as most adults do not experience any side effects when taking Folavite with a dose of less than 1 mg per day.
Folic acid may not be safe for consumption when taken by mouth in large doses and over an extended use.
Seek immediate medical help right away if you have symptoms of a serious allergic reaction after taking Folavite, including:
- Itchy rash.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Swelling, especially of the face, tongue, or throat.
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