Folate (Vitamin B9, Folic Acid)

Last updated 05.10.12

 

Index

 

Features

-  Water soluble vitamin

-  Deficiency tested by serum & RBC folate

-  Serum effected by recent diet

-  Body stores last 3-4/12

-  RDI: (adult)

-  Routine administration pre-pregnancy & early first trimester

 

Dietary Sources

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Indications

-  Megaloblastic anaemia

-  Dementia (reversible)

-  Pepheral neuropathy

-  Prevent neural tube defects in pregnancy

-  Routine

-  Higher dose if high risk: Anticonvulsants, obesity

-  Increases serum homocystine --> prothrombic

 

Dose

-  Pregnancy 400mcg PO Daily

-  5mg PO Daily if at higher risk

-  Anaemia 5mg PO Daily