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Folicet (Generic Folic Acid)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

To treat or prevent folic acid deficiency, folic acid is utilized. It is a B-complex vitamin that the body needs in order to produce red blood cells. There are specific forms of anemia (low red blood cell count) that are brought on by a vitamin deficiency.

How should this medicine be used?

There are tablets of folic acid. Typically, it is given once day. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you do not understand, and carefully follow their instructions. Folic acid should be taken as prescribed. Never take it in quantities or frequencies other than those recommended by your doctor.

The likelihood is that you will feel better soon, frequently within 24 hours, if you are taking folic acid to address a deficit. But until your doctor instructs you to stop taking it, don’t quit.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this drug for any other conditions.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking folic acid,

  • If you have any medicine or folic acid allergies, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away.
  • Inform your physician and pharmacist of all prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking, notably vitamins and phenytoin (Dilantin).

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

To increase the amount of folic acid in your diet, your doctor could advise you to consume more liver, dishes made with dried yeast, fruit, and fresh leafy green vegetables.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Effects of folic acid may be negative. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Body rash
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Having trouble breathing

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online at or by phone at 1-800-332-1088 if you have a serious side event.

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it at room temperature and out of the bathroom and other places with excessive heat and moisture.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilizing a medicine take-back program is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programs in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back program, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at for additional information.

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To determine how you are responding to folic acid, your doctor may perform specific lab tests.

No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Folicet®
  • Folvite®
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