Folavit is a useful supplement to prevent and overcome folic acid deficiency, especially in pregnant and lactating women. Folavit has the main content of folic acid or vitamin B9.

Folavit is available in two forms, namely Folavit 400 mcg and Folavit 1,000 mcg. The folic acid contained in Folavit is useful for the formation of new cells, including red blood cells.

Folavit can be used as a supplement to supplement folic acid needs in pregnant women . Folic acid is known to be beneficial in preventing neural tube defects , including spina bifida or anencephaly , in the fetus.

What is Folavit?

Group Free medicine
Category Supplements
Benefits Preventing and overcoming folic acid deficiency or preventing neural tube defects in the fetus.
Consumed by Adults
Folavit for pregnant and lactating women Category A: Controlled studies in pregnant women do not show any risk to the fetus, and there is little possibility of harming the fetus. Folavit can be absorbed into breast milk, but it is considered safe to consume while breastfeeding if consumed according to the information on the packaging or according to the doctor's recommendations.
Drug form Tablets

Warnings Before Consuming Folavit

There are several things you should pay attention to before consuming Folavit, among them:

  • Do not consume Folavit if you are allergic to the content found in this supplement.
  • Consult a doctor about the use of Folavit if you are or have suffered from alcohol addiction, kidney disease, liver disease, seizures, infections, or hemolytic anemia .
  • Consult a doctor if you are suffering from symptoms of anemia due to folic acid deficiency , which can be marked by certain symptoms, such as fatigue, paleness, or shortness of breath.
  • Consult your doctor about the use of Folavit if you are using other medicines, including herbal medicines and supplements.
  • Consult your doctor about the use of Folavit if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant.
  • See a doctor immediately if an allergic drug reaction or overdose occurs after consuming Folavit.

Dosage and Administration of Folavit

The dose of Folavit varies, depending on the age and condition of the patient. Here are the details of the general dosage of Folavit 400 mcg to prevent and overcome folic acid deficiency:

  • Adults: 1 tablet, 1 time a day.
  • Pregnant women: 1–2 tablets, 1 time a day.
  • Nursing mothers: 1 tablet, 1 time a day.

Folavit is a supplement that contains folic acid. The daily nutritional adequacy figure (AKG) of folic acid varies based on the age, sex, and health condition of each person. The following is the AKG of folic acid per day in general:

  • Age 0–5 months: 80 mcg
  • Age 6–11 months: 80 mcg
  • Ages 1–3 years: 160 mcg
  • Ages 4–6 years: 200 mcg
  • Ages 7–9 years: 300 mcg
  • Age ≥10 years: 400 mcg
  • Pregnant women: 600 mcg
  • Nursing mothers: 500 mcg

How to Take Folavit Correctly

Before consuming any supplement, always read the instructions for use on the product packaging. If you are in doubt or have a special health condition, discuss with your doctor about the dosage, product choice, and method of use that suits your condition.

It should be remembered that vitamin and mineral supplements are consumed to meet the body's need for vitamins and minerals, especially when the intake of vitamins and minerals from food alone is not enough.

Folavit tablets can be consumed before or after meals. Use water to help swallow the tablet.

Store Folavit in a place away from direct sunlight. Keep this supplement out of the reach of children.

Folavit Interactions with Other Drugs

The following are a number of interactions that Folavit can cause if taken with other drugs:

  • Increased risk of anemia, bleeding, infection, or nerve damage if consumed with capecitabine or fluorouracil
  • Decreased levels of folic acid in the blood if consumed with anticonvulsant drugs, such as phenytoin
  • Decreased effectiveness of pyrimethamine drugs
  • Decreased therapeutic effect of methotrexate
  • Increased risk of side effects from lithium

Side Effects and Dangers of Folavit

If used according to the recommended dosage, Folavit supplements rarely cause side effects. However, if consumed excessively, Folavit may cause side effects in the form of nausea , stomach pain, loss of appetite, bad taste in the mouth, irritability, or sleep disturbances .

Check with your doctor if the side effects mentioned above do not improve or get worse. You should also see a doctor immediately if you experience a drug allergic reaction characterized by symptoms such as an itchy rash on the skin, swelling of the lips or eyelids, or difficulty breathing.

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