Folic Acid

  • Anemias

Folic Acid Generic Name & Formulations

General Description

Folic acid 1mg; tabs.

Pharmacological Class


How Supplied

Contact supplier.

Folic Acid Indications


Megaloblastic anemias of folic acid deficiency. Anemias of nutritional origin, pregnancy, infancy or childhood.

Folic Acid Dosage and Administration

Adults and Children

Usual dose: up to 1mg daily; may need higher dose if resistant disease. Maintenance: infants: 0.1mg/day; <4yrs: 0.3mg/day; ≥4yrs: 0.4mg/day. Pregnant or lactating: 0.8mg/day. Alcoholism, hemolytic anemia, anticonvulsant therapy or chronic infection: may require higher dose.

Folic Acid Contraindications

Not Applicable

Folic Acid Boxed Warnings

Not Applicable

Folic Acid Warnings/Precautions


Use injectable form if disease is severe or GI absorption impaired. Rule out or treat vitamin B12 deficiency prior to treatment. May obscure diagnosis of pernicious anemia. Pregnancy (Cat. A).

Folic Acid Pharmacokinetics

See Literature

Folic Acid Interactions


May antagonize phenytoin. False low serum and red cell folate levels may occur with antibiotics (eg. tetracycline).

Folic Acid Adverse Reactions

Adverse Reactions

Allergic sensitization.

Folic Acid Clinical Trials

See Literature

Folic Acid Note


Formerly known under the brand names Folicet (tabs); Folvite (tabs, inj).

Folic Acid Patient Counseling

See Literature