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FOLIC ACID TABLETS BP 5MG

Active substance(s): FOLIC ACID / FOLIC ACID / FOLIC ACID

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Folic Acid 5mg tablets
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, 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.

Index
1 What Folic Acid tablets are and what
they are used for
2 Before you take
3 How to take
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store
6 Further information
1 What Folic Acid tablets are and what

they are used for

Folic Acid belongs to the vitamin B group. Folic Acid
tablets may be used:
to treat:
• folate deficiency anaemia caused by poor diet,
poor absorption of food (such as in coeliac disease
or a digestive disorder called sprue) or increased
use of folate in the body (as in pregnancy)
to prevent:
• folate deficiency caused by some medicines (e.g.
those used to treat epilepsy such as phenytoin,
phenobarbital and primidone)
• folate deficiency caused by long-term red blood
cell damage or kidney dialysis
• neural tube defects in babies (e.g. spina bifida),
where women are at risk of having an affected
child.

2 Before you take
Do not take Folic Acid tablets and tell your
doctor if you have:

• an allergy (hypersensitivity) to folic acid or any of
the other ingredients in the tablets (see section 6)
• an untreated vitamin B12 deficiency such as in
certain anaemias and lifelong vegetarians
• pernicious anaemia (a form of anaemia caused
by lack of vitamin B12 ) or another condition caused
by vitamin B12 deficiency
• a malignant (cancerous) disease.

Check with your doctor or pharmacist

before taking Folic Acid tablets if you:
• have a folate dependent tumour
• are pregnant
• have any disease that reduces the amount of
vitamin B12 in the body.

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. Especially:
• antiepileptics (to treat epilepsy) such as phenytoin,
phenobarbital and primidone
• antibacterials (to treat infections) such as
chloramphenicol and co-trimoxazole
• sulfasalazine (to treat ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s
disease or rheumatoid arthritis)
• methotrexate (to treat Crohn’s disease, psoriasis or
rheumatoid arthritis)

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.

Sugar intolerance

If you have been told you have an intolerance to
some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this
medicine, as it contains lactose.

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3 How to take

Always take Folic Acid tablets exactly as your doctor has
told you. If you are not sure, check with your doctor or
pharmacist.
Swallow the tablets with water.
Doses:
Adults (including the elderly):
• To treat folate deficiency anaemia:
5mg a day for 4 months, which may be increased up to a
maximum of 15mg a day.
• To prevent folate deficiency caused by some
medicines:
5mg a day for 4 months, which may be increased up to a
maximum of 15mg a day.
• To prevent folate deficiency caused by long-term red
blood cell damage or kidney dialysis:
5mg every 1-7 days.
• To prevent neural tube defects in babies, where
women are at risk of having an affected child:
5mg a day started before conception and continued
throughout the first three months.
• To treat folate deficiency during pregnancy:
5mg a day continued to birth.
Children:
For young children a more suitable form of the medicine
should be used.
• To treat folate deficiency anaemia:
Children 1-18 years old: 5mg a day for 4 months. The
maintenance dose is 5mg every 1-7 days.
• To treat haemolytic anaemia and metabolic
disorders:
Children 1-12 years old: 2.5mg-5mg once a day.
Children 12-18 years old: 5-10mg once a day.
• To prevent folate deficiency in kidney dialysis:
Children 1-12 years old: 250micrograms per kg of body
weight (up to a maximum of 10mg) once a day.
Children 12-18 years old: 5-10mg once a day.

If you take more than you should

If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of the tablets at the
same time, or you think a child may have swallowed any,
contact your nearest hospital casualty department or tell
your doctor immediately.

If you forget to take the tablets

If you forget to take a dose take it as soon as you
remember it and then take the next dose at the right time.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten
dose.

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.
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: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

5 How to store

Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Store below 25°C in a dry place.
Protect from light.
Do not use Folic Acid tablets after the expiry date stated
on the label/carton/bottle. The expiry date refers to the
last day of that 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
to protect the environment.

6 Further information
What Folic Acid tablets contain

• The active substance (the ingredient that makes the
tablets work) is folic acid PhEur. Each tablet contains
5mg of the active substance.
• The other ingredients are colloidal silica,
lactose, maize starch, magnesium stearate,
E460.

What Folic Acid tablets look like and
contents of the pack

Folic Acid tablets are yellow, circular, biconvex,
uncoated tablets.
Pack size is 28.
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Manufacturer
Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in March 2017

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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