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Active substance(s): FOLIC ACID

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Please read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions please ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you personally and you should not pass it on
to others. It may harm them even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
In this leaflet:
1. What Folic Acid is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Folic Acid
3. How to take Folic Acid
4. Possible side effects
5. Storing Folic Acid

1. What Folic Acid is and what it is used for
Each tablet contains 5mg of the active ingredient, folic acid. Folic acid is a member of
the vitamin B complex that is needed for healthy red blood cells. The tablets are used to
treat certain types of anaemia caused by faulty development of red blood cells such as
after stomach surgery or during pregnancy. They can also be used to prevent the long
term breakdown of red blood cells (in certain conditions) or in kidney dialysis.

2. Before you take Folic Acid
You must not take folic acid and should talk to your doctor immediately:
• If you have been told you suffer from Vitamin B12 deficiency including pernicious
anaemia, or any other blood disorder.
• If you are sensitive/allergic to folic acid or any other ingredients in these tablets.
• If you are suffering from cancer.
• If you have Addison’s disease and low vitamin B12 levels in your body.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding:
• If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast feeding ask your doctor or
pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine. Folic Acid can be used during pregnancy.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you are not sure.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Folic Acid:
Folic Acid Tablets contain lactose and sucrose. If you have been told by your doctor that
you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.
Taking other medicines:
Tell your doctor if:
• you are taking phenytoin or other drugs for epilepsy such as sodium valproate,
carbamazepine or a barbiturate.
• you are taking lithium for mental health problems.
• you are taking aspirin for pain relief or to thin your blood.
• you are taking the antibiotic trimethoprim, chloramphenicol or co-trimoxazole.
• you are taking methotrexate (for rheumatoid arthritis or cancer).
• you are taking sulphasalazine (for bowel problems or rheumatoid arthritis).
• you are taking triamterene, a diuretic (or ‘water tablet’).
• you drink alcohol.
• you need to breathe a gas and air mixture to put you to sleep for an operation or to
relieve pain while you are awake.
You should talk to your doctor if you are taking any of the above medicines. Please note
that these statements may also apply to products used some time ago or at some time
in the future. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, or have recently
taken, any other medicine – even those not prescribed.

Base Point Size: 9pt

3. How to take Folic Acid





Your doctor will have decided the right dose of Folic Acid for you so follow his or her instructions.
The tablets should be swallowed with a glass of water. The usual dose for adults and children
over 1 year of age is one tablet daily. This dose is usually continued for up to four months.
Folic Acid Tablets will have been especially prescribed by your doctor and the dose will be
dependent on the condition being treated and may vary.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless it is nearly time for your
next dose. Do not take two doses at the same time. If you or someone else accidentally
takes too many tablets, tell your doctor at once. If you cannot do this, go to the nearest
hospital casualty department. Take with you the container or carton and any tablets that are
left so that the hospital can easily tell what medicine has been taken.
REMEMBER – your medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not give this medicine to
anyone else even if they have the same symptoms.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Folic Acid tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects, they get worse or you notice any
not listed:
Rare (affecting more than 1 in 10,000 but less than 1 in 1,000 patients)
• Allergic reaction (hypersensitivity) e.g. itchy/ red skin, rash, swelling of the face, lips, tongue
or throat or difficulty breathing or swallowing, shock (cold sweaty skin, weak pulse, dry mouth,
dilated pupils).
• Stomach and intestines: loss of appetite, feeling sick, a bloated feeling, wind.
If you have side effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your doctor or pharmacist.
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 Yellow Card
Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. Storing Folic Acid

Do not store above 25ºC. Store in the original package. Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Use by date: Do not use Folic Acid after the expiry date on the pack.
If you have any medicine left over at the end of your treatment, please return this to your
pharmacy who will dispose of it safely.

6. Further Information

This leaflet does not include all the information about this medicine. If you have any questions or
are not sure about anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Each tablet contains 5mg of the active ingredient, folic acid. The tablets also contain lactose,
pregelatinised starch, sucrose and stearic acid.
What the medicine looks like
Plain yellow tablets. Folic Acid Tablets are available in blister packs of 28 tablets.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Intrapharm Laboratories Limited, The Courtyard Barns, Choke Lane,
Cookham Dean, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 6PT.
Surepharm Services Ltd, Bretby, Burton-on-Trent, Derbyshire, DE15 OYZ.
This leaflet was last revised in May 2016.


DIMENSIONS: 148 x 210mm
Folded size 26x148mm

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