Folicil, Enfol, Folacin, Acfol or Endofolin are trade names of folic acid, which can be found in tablets, solution or drops.
Folic acid, which is vitamin B9, is an antianemic and a key nutrient during the preconception period, to prevent malformation of the baby such as spina bifida, myelomeningocele, anencephaly or any problem related to the formation of the baby’s nervous system.
Folic acid stimulates the production of red blood cells, white blood cells and blood collaborating for the ideal formation of red blood cells
Indications of folic acid
Megaloblastic anemia, macrocytic anemia, pre-gestational period, breastfeeding, periods of rapid growth, people taking drugs that cause folic acid deficiency.
Side effects of folic acid
It can cause constipation, allergy symptoms and difficulty breathing.
Contraindications for folic acid
Normocytic anemia, aplastic anemia, pernicious anemia.
How to use folic acid
- Adults and the elderly : folic acid deficiency – 0.25 to 1mg / day; megaloblastic anemia or prevention before becoming pregnant – 5 mg / day
- Children : premature and infants – 0.25 to 0.5 ml / day; 2 to 4 years – 0.5 to 1 mL / day; over 4 years – 1 to 2 mL / day.
Folic acid can be found in tablets of 2 or 5 mg, in a solution of 2 mg / 5 ml or in drops of 0.2 mg / ml.