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Fa-8

(Folic Acid)

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Helps you make blood cells.

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Fa-8 (Folic Acid) is a good supplement to treat dietary or medication-induced folic acid deficiency. It's also proven to prevent major birth defects.

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  • Taking Fa-8 (Folic Acid) before and during pregnancy decreases the risk of neural tube defects. Doses are usually higher than the recommended RDA.
  • Many foods have added Fa-8 (Folic Acid) to help decrease the risk of neural tube defects.
  • Homocysteine, an amino acid that's affected by diet and genetics, may be a risk factor for heart disease. People who took Fa-8 (Folic Acid) had a significant reduction in homocysteine levels.
  • Higher doses tend to cause more stomach upset, nausea, loss of appetite, bad taste in your mouth, confusion, irritability, and changes in how you sleep.
  • Fa-8 (Folic Acid) doesn’t work by itself if you have certain types of anemia. You may need a blood test to make sure you’re not lacking in other vitamins.

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Side effects for Fa-8 (Folic Acid)

Manufacturers don’t say how common these side effects are

  • A bitter or bad taste
  • Altered sleep patterns
  • Breathing difficulty due to bronchospasm
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Excitement
  • General malaise
  • Impaired judgment
  • Irritability
  • Itching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mental depression
  • Nausea
  • Overactivity
  • Passing gas
  • Rash
  • Redness
  • Swollen belly

What to expect when you take Fa-8 (Folic Acid)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Usual dose range as a supplement or for pregnancy is 0.4 to 1mg daily. People with certain conditions need higher doses.
  • You can purchase lower strengths over-the-counter.
  • Your doctor needs to make sure you don’t have any other blood problems or need other supplements before you take Fa-8 (Folic Acid).

Risks and Warnings for Fa-8 (Folic Acid)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Sensitivity to Fa-8 (Folic Acid)

    It’s rare, but Fa-8 (Folic Acid) has been reported to cause hypersensitivity reactions. Allergies range from skin rash and itching to breathing difficulty and angioedema (life-threatening condition with swelling with or without hives). Call your doctor and get medical care right away.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Fa-8 (Folic Acid)

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Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • Treatment with Fa-8 (Folic Acid) may not work in people who have problems making red blood cells, have alcoholism, or other vitamin deficiencies (combined deficiencies). This is common in older people who don't eat very much and don't have good nutrition. Other vitamin deficiencies will need to be checked and corrected at the same time.
Food
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Many foods have added Fa-8 (Folic Acid) to help decrease the risk of neural tube defects.
Sleep
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Higher doses tend to cause more stomach upset, nausea, loss of appetite, bad taste in your mouth, confusion, irritability, and changes in how you sleep.