Folic acid/ cyanocobalaminPronunciation
Generic Name: folic acid/cyanocobalamin (FOE-lik AS-id/SYE-an-oh-koe-BAL-a-min)
Brand Name: Foltrate
Folic acid/ cyanocobalamin is used for:
Supplementing the diet to treat or prevent vitamin deficiency. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Folic acid/cyanocobalamin is a vitamin combination. It works by increasing the amounts of folic acid and cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12) in the body.
Do NOT use folic acid/ cyanocobalamin if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in folic acid/cyanocobalamin
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using folic acid/ cyanocobalamin:
Some medical conditions may interact with folic acid/cyanocobalamin. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have anemia or a condition known as Leber hereditary optic atrophy
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with folic acid/cyanocobalamin. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Hydantoins (eg, phenytoin) because their effectiveness may be decreased by folic acid/cyanocobalamin
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if folic acid/cyanocobalamin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use folic acid/ cyanocobalamin:
Use folic acid/cyanocobalamin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Folic acid/cyanocobalamin may be taken with or without food.
- If you miss a dose of folic acid/cyanocobalamin, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use folic acid/cyanocobalamin.
Important safety information:
- Do not take large doses of vitamins (megadoses or megavitamin therapy) while taking folic acid/cyanocobalamin unless directed to by your doctor.
- Folic acid/cyanocobalamin should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if folic acid/cyanocobalamin can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of taking folic acid/cyanocobalamin while you are pregnant. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you take folic acid/cyanocobalamin, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of folic acid/ cyanocobalamin:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with folic acid/cyanocobalamin. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of folic acid/cyanocobalamin:
Store folic acid/cyanocobalamin at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep folic acid/cyanocobalamin out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about folic acid/cyanocobalamin, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Folic acid/cyanocobalamin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take folic acid/cyanocobalamin or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about folic acid/cyanocobalamin. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to folic acid/cyanocobalamin. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using folic acid/cyanocobalamin.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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