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Fa-8

(Folic Acid)

Prescription or OTCLower-cost generic available
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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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Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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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Risks and Warnings for Fa-8 (Folic Acid)

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    • 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.

Common concerns from people taking Fa-8 (Folic Acid)

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Pregnancy
Interactions
  • Fa-8 (Folic Acid) can interact with certain seizure/epilepsy medicines causing you to need a higher dose to control seizures or a change in your dose. Check with your doctor first before taking Fa-8 (Folic Acid) if you take medicine for seizure/epilepsy.
Food
  • Many foods have added Fa-8 (Folic Acid) to help decrease the risk of neural tube defects.