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Foliage Tablet


Overview

Introduction

Foliage Tablet is a folic acid replacement product. It is used to treat a type of anemia where you have too few red blood cells because you have too little folic acid in your body. Iron is needed to produce the red blood cells that carry oxygen around your body.

Foliage Tablet should be taken at the same time each day. Take it as a whole – do not break, chew or crush them. You will be watched carefully to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction. Your doctor will decide how much dose you need depending on the cause of your anaemia, it may help to eat a well-balanced diet that has enough iron, vitamins and minerals.

Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have rheumatoid arthritis, asthma or other allergies, high blood pressure or liver problems. This may affect your treatment. It is not known whether this medicine is safe for use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding so please take advice from your doctor. You will have tests to check your blood cells and iron levels, monitor your progress and check for side effects. It may be advisable to limit alcohol during treatment.

Uses of Foliage Tablet

  • Anemia due to folic acid deficiency

Side effects of Foliage Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Foliage

  • No common side effects seen

How to use Foliage Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Foliage Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Foliage Tablet works

Foliage Tablet is a form of vitamin B. It plays a vital role in the formation of red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. It is also essential in pregnancy due to its role in the development of the unborn baby's brain and spinal cord.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Foliage Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Foliage Tablet is safe to use during pregnancy. Most studies have shown low or no risk to the developing baby.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Foliage Tablet is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Driving
SAFE
Foliage Tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Foliage Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Foliage Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Foliage Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Foliage Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Foliage Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Foliage Tablet, please consult your doctor.

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Quick Tips

  • Foliage Tablet is used for the treatment of folic acid deficiency.
  • It is also taken before and during pregnancy to decrease the risk of defects in the neural tube, which forms the spinal cord in the baby.
  • Inform your doctor if you have a history of seizures as you may need a higher dose of the seizure medicines than what you normally take.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Foliage with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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Patient Concerns

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Hello sir /Madam, what is the use of New Folinal tablet. My doctor adviced me to take this tablet until the birth of child
Dr. Megha Tuli
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
It is folic acid tablet given in cases of anemia
I m a minor thalassemia patient i want to ask that what is the use of folic acid it will help for what we take
Dr. Sfurti Mann
Internal Medicine
Folic acid is a vitamin To avoid or treat folic acid deficiency
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FAQs

Q. Is it ok to take Foliage when not pregnant?

Usually, folic acid requirements are met from the diet and therefore additional supplements are not required. In general, Foliage is recommended only when you have a deficiency of folic acid. However, Foliage is advised to women who are pregnant and who want to conceive. The medicine should be taken at least 4 weeks before pregnancy and should continue its use up to 3 months of pregnancy. Consult your doctor if not sure.

Q. Can Foliage cause weight gain?

Animal studies on Foliage suggest that taking the medicine in excess along with a high-fat diet may lead to weight gain and fat accumulation. But this weight gain was not evident when taken along with a normal or low fat diet, even with excess Foliage. In humans, similar studies have not been conducted and therefore knowledge regarding weight gain is lacking. Therefore, if you are on Foliage then avoid excess Foliage and eat a low fat meal to be on a safer side.

Q. How long does Foliage take to work?

Foliage usually starts working within a few hours of taking it. If you are taking it for iron deficiency anemia, you may start feeling better after a few weeks of taking it. In case you are taking it during pregnancy, you may not notice any difference but this does not mean that the dose is not working. Continue taking Foliage for the duration recommended by your doctor.

Q. Why should women start taking Foliage before they become pregnant?

Maintaining the right level of folic acid in the body before getting pregnant reduces the risk of developing neural tube defects in the baby. Neural tube effect, in most cases, is caused if the structure (neural tube) from which the central nervous system develops (brain and spinal cord) in a baby does not form or is only partially closed. full closure of the neural tube occurs during the end of the fourth week of pregnancy. Folic acid helps in the formation of neural tubes. Therefore, to prevent this defect women should start Foliage before four weeks of pregnancy.

Q. Can I breastfeed while taking Foliage?

Yes, you can breastfeed while taking Foliage as it is not harmful for the baby. Foliage contains folic acid which is naturally found in the breast milk. Though its initial levels in the breast milk are low, it rises eventually. Since it is actively secreted in breast milk, mother may take Foliage every day to maintain the required levels. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions related to nutrient supplementation in breastfeeding.

Q. When should I take Foliage, in the morning or at night?

You can take Foliage any time of the day, but try to take it at the same time each day. This will help you remember to take it. Take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The medicine should be swallowed as a whole with a glass of water. Do not chew, cut or crush the medicine.

Q. Can Foliage make you sick?

Generally, Foliage is well tolerated and no side effects are reported in the majority of people. However, some may experience stomach and intestinal problems which include nausea (feeling sick), loss of appetite, bloating and excessive passing of gas. The medicine may also worsen the symptoms of any coexisting vitamin B12 deficiency. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your doctor but do not stop taking Foliage.

Q. How long do I need to take Foliage?

The duration of treatment with Foliage depends on the reason you are taking it for. For instance, if you are planning your pregnancy then you need to start taking it 4 weeks prior to pregnancy and should continue up to the first 3 months of pregnancy. Whereas, if you are taking it for folic acid deficiency then you may have to take it for 4 months. The duration of treatment for this can increase if your deficiency does not subside. If you are taking it to reduce the side effects of methotrexate then you may need to take it for as long as you are taking methotrexate. Consult your prescribing physician to know the exact duration of your therapy.

Disclaimer:

1mg's sole intention is to ensure that its consumers get information that is expert-reviewed, accurate and trustworthy. However, the information contained herein should NOT be used as a substitute for the advice of a qualified physician. The information provided here is for informational purposes only. This may not cover all possible side effects, drug interactions or warnings or alerts. Please consult your doctor and discuss all your queries related to any disease or medicine. We intend to support, not replace, the doctor-patient relationship.

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