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Folic acid tablets are the man-made version of the vitamin folate (also known as vitamin B9).
Folic acid is important for the production of red blood cells it is commonly used to;
Folate deficiency anaemia can be caused by poor diet or a plant based diet but more commonly intestinal problems that prevent the body absorbing enough folate. All of these conditions can lead to Folate Deficiency anaemia which can be diagnosed by your doctor with a blood test, from here they will identify the cause. We have a blog post titled; ‘Tired al the time? 6 common anaemia symptoms‘ which might help you recognise if you should seek further medical attention for anaemia.
Folic acid is often recommended to pregnant women or women who are trying to get pregnant as it can help prevent birth defects in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. A lot of pregnancy vitamin supplements will contain folic acid. We cannot prescribe folic acid tablets to pregnant women online from e-Surgery but this medication can be acquired from your doctor or GP.
There is some evidence to suggest that taking Folic acid tablets can help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, though there is not enough to prove this to be the case. We would recommend Folic acid tablets to be taken by those with a diagnosed Folate deficiency anaemia.
You can buy Folic acid tablets online or from your local pharmacy. If you choose to buy Folic Acid tablets online from e-Surgery we will require a short 2 minute health questionnaire to verify you are receiving the correct medication. Whenever you buy Folic acid tablets online or any other medication make sure to buy from reputable, registered pharmacies.
When you buy Folic Acid tablets online, or from your local pharmacy, ensure to take 1 5mg Folic acid tablet once a day as prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist. The general length of treatment is 4 months after which your doctor may want a check up.
You can take folic acid with or without food. Swallow the tablets whole with a drink.
The folic acid will start to work within 24 hours. Do not stop taking folic acid tablets if you start to feel better, complete the full treatment you have been prescribed.
Vitamin B9 (commonly called folate) deficiency anaemia occurs when a lack of folate causes the body to produce abnormally large red blood cells that cannot function properly. Red blood cells carry oxygen around the body using a substance called haemoglobin.
Anaemia is the general term for having either fewer red blood cells than normal or having an abnormally low amount of haemoglobin in each red blood cell. There are several different types of anaemia and each one has a different cause.
Folate deficiency can cause a variety of symptoms including:
Folate is a water soluble nutrient meaning the body cannot store it, this requires your body to have a constant supply in the form of the food that we eat or supplements. Some causes of Folate deficiency anaemia are:
As with all medication there is a possibility of side effects, though Folic acid is generally considered quite safe. Please read the Folic Acid tablet patient information leaflet for more information before you buy Folic Acid tablets online.
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor if these side effects bother you or do not go away:
Contact a doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms as it could be a sign of an allergic reaction:
It’s best to avoid drinking alcohol with folic acid as alcohol may stop folic acid being absorbed. Drinking alcohol might mean your folic acid may not work as well.
You can eat and drink normally when taking Folic Acid tablets.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription:
If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Do not take Folic acid tablets if:
You should buy Folic acid tablets to prevent or reduce Folate deficiency anaemia, as it can cause you to feel tired and drowsy. Folate is required for the body to function properly, and if you are unable to absorb it naturally medication is the second best thing. You can easily buy Folic acid tablets online from e-Surgery with a quick 2 minute health questionnaire!
Although for some, Folic acid tablets will be the best option, there are some foods high in folate that may help reduce your deficiency. These include:
Store Folic Acid tablets as per instruction of the patient information leaflet in a cool, dry place.
Do not use Folic Acid tablets after the expiration date on the box. Whenever you buy Folic Acid tablets online or any other medication be sure to check the expiry date when your medication arrives in the post.
You can buy Folic Acid tablets online from registered prescribers such as e-Surgery.
Whenever you buy Folic Acid tablets online or any other medication, make sure you check for the green GPhC logo on the bottom of each page of the website you are using.
You can use the GPhC website to check if a pharmacy is registered, this will ensure that when you buy Folic Acid tablets online they will be genuine.
You can find more information about Folic Acid tablets online in the Folic Acid tablet patient information leaflet.
You can also use our completely free Ask-a-Pharmacist service to get health advice from a trained professional. We’re here to help!
e-Surgery uses Royal Mail delivery with choices starting from Royal Mail 48 tracked delivery, Royal Mail tracked 24 and Royal Mail 1pm special delivery (discover more about e-Surgery delivery). When you buy Folic Acid tablets online they will arrive in discreet, recyclable packaging at a delivery address of your choice. Find out to recycle packaging from e-Surgery.
Whenever you buy Folic Acid tablets online they will come in blister packs that are not currently recyclable, so once they have been used can be disposed of in a general waste bin. If Folic Acid tablets are unfinished dispose of medication safely and drop them off at a local pharmacy. Cardboard packaging and paper patient information leaflets are recyclable.
For any more information on disposal of Folic Acid tablets you can use our free Ask-a-Pharmacist service.
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