FA-8 is a vital nutrient necessary to keep the blood healthy and strong.
Vitamins are micronutrients that the body needs for normal growth and optimum health. We only need vitamins in small amounts and these are usually available in the foods we eat.
Anemia is usually caused by folic acid deficiency. Deficiency from this nutrient may be treated by taking folic acid supplement.
Before using FA-8, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it.
Using any supplement or any drug should be a decision you make with your doctor. The risks and benefits the medicine offer must be weighed.
Before using this supplement, you and your doctor must consider the following:
- Allergies: If you have any unusual reaction to any medicine, be sure to tell your doctor about it. Additionally, disclose other types of allergies - foods, preservatives, animals, or dyes, if there are any. Read the package ingredients carefully and make sure you are not allergic to any of its ingredients.
- Pediatric: There are no recorded problems in children taking the supplement in recommended amounts.
- Geriatric: There are no recorded problems in elderly patients taking the supplement in recommended amounts.
- Pregnancy: Studies show that using folic acid during pregnancy does not cause an increase in risk of fetal abnormalities.
- Breastfeeding: Studies done in lactating women show that using this drug has minimal risk to breastfeeding infant.
- Drug Interactions: Certain medicines have adverse effects when used together. Nevertheless, it is still possible to take other medicines when taking this drug. Make sure to inform your doctor about other drugs you are taking, so that alterations and precautions will be made if necessary. Using this with certain medicines needs utmost caution because the combination may result in certain side effects. Before taking this drug, talk to your doctor about possible interactions if you are taking other medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
- Other Medical Problems: The use of this supplement may be affected if certain medical issues are present. Inform your doctor about any other medical problems, especially a type of blood problem called pernicious anemia, which may worsen or cause serious side effect when you take folic acid supplements.
To use FA-8 correctly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.
The dose of folic acid supplement depends on the patient’s needs or requirements. Follow the doctor’s orders or the product information insert regarding intake. The following dosage information is only for average use of this supplement. Do not change your doctor’s prescribed dosage even if it is different than what is indicated here.
In preventing deficiency, an adult or teenage male or female may take 150-400 mcg a day.
For pregnant women, take 400-800 mcg a day, while 260-800 mcg is advisable for breastfeeding women.
For infants to 3 years old toddler, 50-80 mcg a day; children 4-6 years, 90 mcg a day; children 7-10 years old, 125-180 mcg a day.
In treating deficiency in children, teens and adults, dose is determined by the doctor based on the severity of the condition.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. In case it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one and follow your regular dosing schedule. Never take double doses.
Keep the medicine in an airtight container at normal room temperature. Keep it away from direct light, heat, and moisture. Do not let it freeze. Keep the medicine out of children’s reach. Throw away any outdated medicine or medicine that are not in use. Keep the medicine in its original package until needed.
FA-8 is relatively safe and does not cause any harmful side effects when taken in right amounts. There are instances, however, when taking folic acid may cause rare side effects.
If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.