Folic Acid Supplements Help To Prevent Certain Birth Defects For Which Hispanic Women Have Increased Risk

January 19, 2009

Twenty-one percent of Hispanic women are consuming enough folic acid to prevent certain birth defects before becoming pregnant, compared with more than 40% of white women, the North Denver News reports. Consuming adequate amounts of the dietary supplement before becoming pregnant can help prevent neural tube birth defects — serious defects of the spine and brain. According to the News, roughly 3,000 infants are born with neural tube birth defects annually. The effects of the conditions occur within the first few weeks of pregnancy, often before a woman is aware that she is pregnant.
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Folic Acid Supplements Help To Prevent Certain Birth Defects For Which Hispanic Women Have Increased Risk

January 10, 2009

Twenty-one percent of Hispanic women are consuming enough folic acid to prevent certain birth defects before becoming pregnant, compared with more than 40% of white women, the North Denver News reports. Consuming adequate amounts of the dietary supplement before becoming pregnant can help prevent neural tube birth defects — serious defects of the spine and brain. According to the News, roughly 3,000 infants are born with neural tube birth defects annually. The effects of the conditions occur within the first few weeks of pregnancy, often before a woman is aware that she is pregnant.
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Folic acid

December 29, 2008

Question:

I am taking many medications for my ra including Methotrexate. Because of that my doctor gave me folic acid to take too. I was always taking 1mg per day but my doctor put it up to 5mg per day. Since I started the 5mg I have been sick to my stomach, belching up something sour and diahreea. Could this be caused from the folic acid and could I be getting too much folic acid?

Answer:

The methotrexate sometimes causes side effects such as stomach upset, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and stomach cramps. It is thought that these side effects are caused by blocking of the production of some vitamins called folates by methotrexate. Decreased levels of folates may cause your stomach upset. This decrease frequently happens in patients with rheumatoid aArthritis Taking your folic acid at the same time as methotrexate may help decrease the side effects of methotrexate. Some side effects of folic acid include a bad taste in your mouth, having no appetite, nausea, confusion, and having changes in your sleep pattern. The dose of 5 mg per day of folic acid is an acceptable dose for patients who are taking methotrexate for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis You should talk to your doctor and pharmacist about your side effects.

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