Some women will be advised to take a higher dose of 5 milligrams (5mg) of folic acid each day until they’re 12 weeks pregnant if they have a higher chance of having a pregnancy affected by neural tube defects.
Why do I need to take 5mg of folic acid?
Folic acid is indicated for the treatment of megaloblastic anaemia due to folic acid deficiency. It is also used for prophylaxis in chronic haemolytic states, in renal dialysis, and in drug induced folate deficiency. Folic acid is used for the prevention of recurrence of neural tube defects.
When should you take 5mg of folic acid?
Ideally, you should take folic acid supplements for two to three months before you conceive and until you are 12 weeks pregnant.
Is 5mg of folic acid equivalent to 400 mcg?
Folic Acid Dosage
Most over-the-counter supplements of folic acid are 400 mcg tablets. Prescription folic acid for pregnant women is usually for 1 mg (i.e., 1,000 mcg) tablets. Adults over 18, including pregnant women, should not take more than 1,000 mcg of folic acid a day.
What is the side effect of folic acid 5mg?
Folic acid is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in large doses, long-term. High doses of folic acid might cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea, rash, sleep disorders, irritability, confusion, nausea, stomach upset, behavior changes, skin reactions, seizures, gas, excitability, and other side effects.