FOLIC ACID 5MG TABLETS

Active substance: FOLIC ACID

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PACKAGE LEAFLET
INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Folic Acid 5mg Tablets
Read all of this
leaflet carefully
before you start to
take this medicine.
− Keep this leaflet.
You may need to
read it again
while you are
receiving your
treatment.
− If you have any further questions, please ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
− This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do
not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if
their symptoms are the same as yours.
− If any of the side effects get serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Folic Acid Tablets are and what they are
used for
2. Before you take Folic Acid Tablets
3. How to take Folic Acid Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Folic Acid Tablets
6. Further information

1. WHAT FOLIC ACID TABLETS ARE AND
WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Folic Acid Tablets,
which contains folic acid, a vitamin essential in the
production and maintenance of new cells.
Folic Acid Tablets are used in the treatment and
prevention of:
• anaemia due to a lack of folic acid in adults and
children
• anaemia in pregnancy
• anaemia, as a side effect from treatment with
certain medicines
• anaemia due to damaged red blood cells
• anaemia in patients on kidney dialysis.
Folic acid Tablets can also be given to some women
before and during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida
(an abnormality of the spine) in babies, which can
be caused by deficiency of this vitamin.

2. BEFORE YOU TAKE FOLIC ACID TABLETS
You should not take Folic Acid Tablets if you:

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Talk to your doctor before taking Folic Acid
Tablets if you:
• are undergoing haemodialysis due to kidney
failure
• are receiving a coronary stent (a tube that is
inserted in the artery that leads to the heart, in
order to stop blockages)
• suffer from pernicious anaemia (a disorder
preventing the absorption of vitamin B12) or
could be suffering from a lack of vitamin B12
• have a tumour. Care needs to be taken in patients
with certain tumours.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
taking or have recently taken any other medicines,
including medicines obtained without a
prescription.
The following medicines can affect or be affected by
treatment with Folic Acid Tablets:
• phenytoin, phenobarbital and primidone (used to
control epileptic fits)
• Fluorouracil, a drug used to treat certain tumours
• antibiotics. Some antibiotics (trimethoprim and
sulphonamides, sometimes combined as
co-trimoxazole) reduce the effect of folic acid. All
antibiotics can interfere with folic acid blood test
results
• Some indigestion remedies (edible clay and
antacids containing aluminium or magnesium).
Allow at lease a two hour gap between taking
your Folic Acid Tablets and indigestion remedies
• Preparations containing zinc such as vitamins or
food supplements (this may be important in
pregnancy)
• sulfasalazine, used to treat the inflammatory
bowel conditions ulcerative colitis and Crohn's
disease
• cholestyramine, used to reduce cholesterol levels
in the blood
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
This medicine can be taken in pregnancy to treat
anaemia.
If you are breast feeding please speak with your
doctor before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machinery
This medicine should not affect your ability to drive
a car or operate machinery.
Important information about some of the
ingredients in Folic Acid Tablets
This medicine contains lactose. If you have been
told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to
some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this
medicinal product.
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3. HOW TO TAKE FOLIC ACID TABLETS
Always take Folic Acid Tablets as your doctor has
told you. Your doctor will decide the right dose for
you; this will be on the pharmacist’s label. Check this
carefully, it will tell you how much of this medicine
to take and how often to take it. This medicine
should be swallowed. Unless told otherwise, take
your tablet with water.
The usual doses are as follows:
Anaemia
Adults and children over 1 year:
One tablet a day for the treatment of anaemia or
one tablet every one to seven days for the
prevention of anaemia (depending on diet and
underlying disease).
Children less than 1 year of age:
500 micrograms per kilogram of body weight daily.
Prevention of spina bifida:
One tablet a day, starting before conception and
continuing for the first three months of pregnancy.
If you take more Folic Acid Tablets than you should
If you (or anybody else, including a child), takes
more Folic Acid Tablets than you should, it is unlikely
that this medicine will cause any harm. If you are at
all concerned contact your doctor. Always take the
carton and this leaflet with you.
If you forget to take Folic Acid Tablets
If you forget a dose, take another as soon as you
remember. If it is almost time for your next dose,
then do not take the missed dose at all. NEVER take
a double dose to make up for the one missed.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Folic Acid Tablets can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
As can happen with any medicine, a few people may
develop an allergic reaction. If you experience any
of the following, seek medical help immediately:
• rash, itching, difficulty breathing.
The side effects that some patients have had with
Folic Acid Tablets are:
• loss of appetite (anorexia)
• feeling sick
• bloating of the stomach
• flatulence (wind)
• worsening of the symptoms of vitamin B12
deficiency. Folic acid should never be used to treat
anaemia without a full investigation of the cause.
If you experience any side effects or feel that the
medicine is affecting you badly, tell your doctor or
pharmacist immediately.

5. HOW TO STORE FOLIC ACID TABLETS
Keep out the reach and sight of children.

Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original
container in order to protect from light.
Do not take after the expiry date on the container
(bottle label or carton) or if the tablets show signs of
‘going off’ such as
discolouration. The
expiry date refers to
the last day of the
month.
Medicines should
not be disposed of
via wastewater or
household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines
no longer required. These measures will help
protect the environment.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Folic Acid Tablets contain
The active ingredient is folic acid. The tablet comes
in one strength, 5mg.
Other ingredients are: lactose, maize starch, acacia
spray-dried, magnesium stearate and stearic acid.
What Folic Acid Tablets look like and the
contents of the pack
Folic Acid Tablets are plain yellow, biconvex tablets
with a breakline on one face and CP on the reverse.
Folic Acid Tablets are available in:
- polypropylene or polyethylene tablet containers
containing 100, 500 or 1,000 tablets
- glass bottles containing 100, 500 or 1,000 tablets
- blister packs containing 28 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Wockhardt UK Ltd, Ash Road North, Wrexham,
LL13 9UF, UK.
Manufacturer:
CP Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Ash Road North, Wrexham,
LL13 9UF, UK.
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large print or audio please call, free of charge:
0800 198 5000 (UK Only).
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Product name

Reference number

Folic Acid 5mg Tablets

29831/0097

This is a service provided by the Royal National
Institute of Blind People.
Date of last revision: October 2012
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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