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Folic Acid

In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.

In the US, Folic Acid (folic acid systemic) is a member of the drug class vitamins and is used to treat Anemia - Megaloblastic, Folic Acid Deficiency and Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency.

US matches:

UK matches:



ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

B group vitamin

Prevention of spina bifida

Treatment and prevention of folate deficiency

Chemical Name

L-Glutamic acid, N-[4-[[(2-amino-1,4-dihydro-4-oxo-6-pteridinyl)metyl]amino]benzoyl]-

Foreign Names

  • Acidum folicum (Latin)
  • Folsäure (German)
  • Acide folique (French)
  • Acido folico (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Acide folique (OS: DCF)
  • Folic Acid (OS: BAN, JAN)
  • Ácido pteroilglutámico (IS)
  • Ácido pteroilmonoglutámico (IS)
  • Pteroylglutamic acid (IS)
  • Pteroyl-glutaminsäure (IS)
  • Vitamin B₁0 (IS)
  • Vitamin B₁1 (IS)
  • Vitamin B₉ (IS)
  • Vitamin Bc (IS)
  • Acidum folicum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8, Ph. Int. 4)
  • Folic acid (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Folic Acid (PH: BP 2016, JP XVI, Ph. Int. 4, USP 38)
  • Folique (acide) (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Folsäure (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Natrium hydrogenfolat (IS)
  • Sodium folate (IS)
  • Sodium pteroylgutamate (IS)

Brand Names


BANBritish Approved Name
DCFDénomination Commune Française
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

Important Notice: The international database is in BETA release. This means it is still under development and may contain inaccuracies. It is not intended as a substitute for the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of any medication in any country is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Consult with your healthcare professional before taking any medication.