What is Folic Acid?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Folic Acid Prescription NatureMade Folic Acid Spring Valley Folic Acid Show all

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See also: Folinic Acid NOW Methyl B-12 Nurokind LC Superior Source Methylcobalamin (B-12) with B-6 and Folic Acid

Folic acid is an important nutrient which may be useful in the prevention of atherosclerosis and neural tube birth defects. In addition, it has been used for anemias, depression, and osteoporosis. It is available in prescription and over the counter preparations.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Increase effect of another treatment 288 77
General health 233 68
Treat side effects of another treatment 91 21
Vitamin B12 deficiency 77 15
Rheumatoid arthritis 75 13

Show all 107 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 2
Moderate 6
Mild 4
None 236

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Folic Acid

Side effect Patients Percentage
Abdominal bloating 1
Accidental overdose 1
Anxious mood 1
Dry skin 1
Dry throat 1
Hair loss 1

Show all 12 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Folic Acid

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 mg daily 75
0.8 mg daily 30
5 mg daily 18
2 mg daily 16
1 mg twice daily 7
0.4 mg daily 5
0.8 mg twice daily 5
3 mg daily 5
1.6 mg daily 4
20 mg daily 4

See all 41 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Folic Acid

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 55
Doctor's advice 46
Course of treatment ended 45
Did not seem to work 38
Personal research 14
Side effects too severe 10
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
See all 198 patients who've stopped taking Folic Acid

Duration

Currently taking Folic Acid

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 32
2 - 5 years 48
5 - 10 years 66
10 years or more 40

Stopped taking Folic Acid

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 17
1 - 6 months 45
6 months - 1 year 33
1 - 2 years 43
2 - 5 years 40
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 186
Usually 41
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 12
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 22
Not at all hard to take 222
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 106
Not specified 137

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Folic Acid and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Leucovorin 1
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22 patient evaluations for Folic Acid

Nov 1, 2016 (Started Jan 02, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (headaches)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: i like play with my dogs
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 16, 2016 (Started Jan 02, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 27, 2016 (Started Jan 02, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (headaches)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: no
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 11, 2016 (Started Jan 02, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.8 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 31, 2015 (Started Jan 02, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.8 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 9, 2015 (Started Jan 18, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 3, 2014 (Started Jun 30, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 tablet(s) Weekly

Aug 9, 2013 (Started Jun 30, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Weekly

  • 0 helpful marks
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