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Active substance(s): FOLIC ACID

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Always take Folic Acid Oral Solution 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.
The usual doses are as follows:
Adults and the elderly
• 10 to 20ml, twice a day, for up to 14 days or until an
appropriate blood response is achieved.
• this may be reduced to 2.5 to 10ml, twice a day, for
ongoing treatment.


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By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Folic Acid Oral Solution

Keep out the reach and sight of children.
• Folic Acid Oral Solution should be stored in a refrigerator
(2°C - 8°C). Store in the original container to protect from
light; do not transfer to another container.

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Folic Acid 2.5mg/5ml
Oral Solution


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For the Republic of Ireland please call +44 1978 669272.
This is medicinal product is authorised in the following
Member States in the EEA, under the following names:
Cyprus – Folic Acid Wockhardt 2.5mg/5ml Oral Solution
Malta – Folic Acid 2.5mg/5ml Oral Solution
Poland – Wockhardt Folic Acid 2.5mg/5ml Oral Solution
Republic of Ireland – Folic Acid 2.5mg/5ml Oral Solution
United Kingdom – Folic Acid 2.5mg/5ml Oral Solution
This leaflet was last revised in 01/2016



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Manufacturer: CP Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Ash Road North,
Wrexham, LL13 9UF, UK.


Marketing Authorisation Holder: Wockhardt UK Ltd,
Ash Road North, Wrexham, LL13 9UF, UK.

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Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist
or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed
in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via
the national reporting systems listed below.

What Folic Acid Oral Solution looks like and the
contents of the pack
Folic Acid Oral Solution is a clear yellow solution, which
tastes and smells of strawberry. The medicine is supplied
in a 150ml amber glass bottle, with a child restraint screw
cap, in a cardboard outer container.


3. How to take Folic Acid Oral Solution

The side effects that some patients have had with Folic
Acid Oral Solution 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.

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the final responsibility must be taken by our client.

Talk to your doctor before taking Folic Acid Oral
Solution if you:
• are receiving a coronary stent (a tube that is inserted in the
artery that leads to the heart, in order to stop blockages)

This medicine contains phenylalanine. May be harmful for
people with phenylketonuria.

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.

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You should not take Folic Acid Oral Solution if you:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to folic acid,
hydroxybenzoate esters or to any of the other
ingredients in Folic Acid Oral Solution (see section 6,
Further information)
• have cancer (unless you have anaemia due to a
deficiency of folic acid).

Important information about some of the ingredients
in Folic Acid Oral Solution
This medicine contains hydroxybenzoates which are used
as preservatives. These ingredients may cause allergic
reactions and could happen some time after starting the

Like all medicines, Folic Acid Oral Solution can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.

What Folic Acid Oral
Solution contains
The active ingredient is: folic acid (2.5mg per 5ml of Folic
Acid Oral Solution). The other ingredients are: mannitol
(E421), glycerol (E422), methyl hydroxybenzoate (E218),
ethyl hydroxybenzoate (E214), propyl hydroxybenzoate
(E216), disodium hydrogen phosphate dodecahydrate,
dihydrogen phosphate sodium dehydrate disodium
edetate, strawberry flavour (contains phenylalanine,
cherry juice concentrate and maltol) and purified water.

2. Before you take Folic Acid Oral Solution

Driving and using machinery
This medicine does not affect your ability to drive a car or
operate machinery.

4. Possible side effects

6. Further information

Folic acid oral leaflet

Folic Acid Oral Solution is used in the treatment of:
• anaemia due to a lack of folic acid in adults and children
• anaemia in pregnancy
• anaemia associated with alcoholism
• anaemia, as a side effect from medicines used to
control fitting
• anaemia due to damaged red blood cells e.g. Sickle Cell
• sprue (tropical and non-tropical) - a disorder where
essential nutrients are not absorbed from the diet
• coeliac disease, a disorder caused by gluten in the diet.

If you are breast-feeding please speak with your doctor
before taking this medicine.

If you forget to take Folic Acid Oral Solution
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.

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.


The name of your medicine is Folic Acid Oral Solution,
which contains folic acid, a vitamin essential in the
production and maintenance of new cells.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
This medicine can be taken in pregnancy to treat anaemia.

If you take more Folic Acid Oral Solution than you
If you (or anybody else, including a child), takes more
Folic Acid Oral Solution that you should, it is unlikely
that this medicine will cause any harm. If you are at all
concerned contact your doctor. Always take the bottle
and leaflet with you.

Wockhardt UK Limited

1. What Folic Acid Oral Solution is and what it is used for

The following medicines can affect or be affected by
treatment with Folic Acid Oral Solution:
• phenytoin, phenobarbital and primadone (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 least a two
hour gap between taking Folic Acid Oral Solution 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

Children (persons aged 12 years and younger)
• 5 to 15ml, twice a day.

• Folic Acid Oral Solution should not be taken after the
expiry date on the bottle label and carton; the expiry
date refers to the last day of the month.
• Throw away any unused Folic Acid Oral Solution three
months after opening
the bottle.


In this leaflet:
1. What Folic Acid Oral Solution is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Folic Acid Oral Solution
3. How to take Folic Acid Oral Solution
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Folic Acid Oral Solution
6. Further information

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.


you are receiving your
- 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 you doctor or

Pregnant women
• 1ml per day.

Measure bar should be 150mm at 100% scale

Folic Acid 2.5mg/5ml Oral Solution
Folic Acid 2.5mg/5ml
• have a tumour
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• suffer from pernicious anaemia (a disorder preventing
carefully before you start
the absorption of vitamin B12) or could be suffering from
to take this medicine.
a lack of vitamin B12
- Keep this leaflet. You may
• are under going haemodialysis due to kidney failure.
need to read it again while



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