Folicard

Folicard

folic acid

Manufacturer:

Gruppo Medica

Distributor:

Zuellig

Marketer:

Metropolitan Pharmaceutical Products, Inc.
Full Prescribing Info
Contents
Folic acid.
Description
Each capsule contains 5 mg Folic Acid.
Folic acid is a member of the Vitamin B Group. It is reduced in the body to tetrahydrofolate, which is a coenzyme for various metabolic processes, including the synthesis of purine and pyrimidine nucleotides and hence in the synthesis of DNA. It is also involved in some amino-acid conversions, and in the formation and utilization of formate.
Indications/Uses
Folic Acid is used in the treatment and prevention of the folate deficiency state. As a prophylactic in instances in which the folic acid requirement is increased, especially during pregnancy, to prevent and reduce incidence of neural tube defects. Used in the treatment of megaloblastic anemias which may result from malabsorption syndromes such as sprue, idiopathic steatorrhea, celiac disease, intestinal reticulosis, regional jejunitis, jejunal diverticulosis, blind loop syndrome, and gastroenterostomy. Folic acid is also indicated for chronic hemolytic anemia, exfoliative skin disease, gingivitis, anorectic cancer, cervical dysplasia and cardiovascular disease.
Dosage/Direction for Use
Take 1 capsule of Folic Acid (Folicard) daily or as prescribed by the physician.
Special Precautions
Folic acid should never be given alone or in conjunction with inadequate amounts of Vitamin B12 for the treatment of megaloblastic anemia. Caution is advised in patients who may have folate-dependent tumors.
Adverse Reactions
Folic Acid is generally well tolerated. Gastro-intestinal disturbances may occur. There are rare reports of hypersensitivity reactions to oral folic acid.
Drug Interactions
Folic acid may be affected by a number of drugs and anticonvulsants, oral contraceptives, antituberculosis drugs, alcohol and folic acid antagonists including aminopterin, methotrexate, pyrimethamine, trimethoprim and sulfonamides which have been said to cause folic acid deficiency states.
Storage
Store at temperatures not exceeding 30°C, away from direct sunlight.
MIMS Class
Vitamins & Minerals (Pre & Post Natal) / Antianemics
ATC Classification
B03BB01 - folic acid ; Belongs to the class of folic acid and derivatives. Used in the treatment of anemia.
Presentation/Packing
Cap 5 mg x 100's.
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