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Folic Acid

Description
Round, yellow uncoated tablet, bevel-edged, flat-faces, "HD" and break-bar embossed on one face.

Composition
Folic Acid 5 mg /tablet.

Actions and Pharmacology
Folic acid, a member of the vitamin-B group, is responsible for the synthesis of DNA as well as for normal erythropoiesis.

Oral absorption is rapid and almost complete. It is converted to tetrahydrofolate (active metabolite) in the liver and is excreted in the urine.

Indications
For treatment of folic acid - deficiency megaloblastic anaemia and conditions requiring increased folic acid intake.

Contraindications
Folic acid should never be given in the treatment of pernicious anaemia.

Precautions
Large and continuous doses of folic acid may lower the blood level of vitamin B12.
Folic acid does not correct folate deficiency due to dihydrofolate reductase inhibitors; calcium folinate should be used instead.

Main Side/Adverse Effects
No side effects have been reported with folic acid administration.

Overdose
Folic acid is usually well tolerated.

Dosage and Administration
Adults : Oral, 10 to 20 mg daily for 14 days, or until a haemopoietic response has been obtained; the daily maintenance dosage is 2.5 to 10 mg.
Children Below 6 years : As directed by physician.
6 years and above : Oral, 5 to 15 mg daily according to the severity of the deficiency state.

Storage

Store below 25C. Protect from light and moisture.

 

Presentation/Packing

Tablet 5 mg x 1000's, Blisters of 10 x 10's.

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