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Folmaa 5mg Tablet



Folmaa 5mg 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.

Folmaa 5mg 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.

Side effects of Folmaa Tablet

  • No common side effects seen

How to use Folmaa 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. Folmaa 5mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Folmaa Tablet works

Folmaa 5mg 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

Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Folmaa 5mg Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Folmaa 5mg Tablet is safe to use during pregnancy. Most studies have shown low or no risk to the developing baby.
Folmaa 5mg 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.
Folmaa 5mg Tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Folmaa 5mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Folmaa 5mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Folmaa 5mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Folmaa 5mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Folmaa Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Folmaa 5mg Tablet, please consult your doctor.

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Quick Tips

  • Folmaa 5mg 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 Folmaa with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Milorgen, Fosphen, Fosentin
Brand(s): Methosis, Metrex, Cytotrex
Brand(s): Shinosun, Epikon, Sonal
Brand(s): Stoin

Patient Concerns

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
Do you have any questions related to Folmaa 5mg Tablet ?


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

Generally, folic acid requirements are met from the diet and additional supplements are not required. It is recommended to take Folmaa only when you have a deficiency of folic acid. This applies for everyone except the pregnant females. Females who want or might become pregnant are advised to take Folmaa during a period from at least 4 weeks before pregnancy up to 3 months of pregnancy.

Q. Can Folmaa cause weight gain?

It has been observed in a study on animals that excess Folmaa may lead to weight gain and fat accumulation if given along with a high fat diet. But when taken along with a normal or low fat diet, there was no gain in weight even with excess Folmaa. In humans, similar studies have not been conducted and therefore knowledge regarding weight gain is lacking. To be on the safe side, avoid excess Folmaa and if you are on Folmaa eat a low fat meal.

Q. How long does Folmaa take to work?

Folmaa usually starts working within a few hours of taking it. If you are taking it for Folmaa 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 Folmaa as long as recommended by your doctor.

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

The structure (neural tube) from which the central nervous system develops (brain and spinal cord) is formed during the first four weeks of pregnancy. In most cases, this occurs when women do not know that they are pregnant. Full closure of the neural tube occurs during the end of the fourth week of pregnancy. If this closure does not take place or is only partial, this is called a neural tube defect. Folmaa has been found to reduce the risk of neural tube defects, and therefore, to prevent this defect women should start Folmaa before four weeks of pregnancy.

Q. Can I breastfeed while taking Folmaa?

Yes, you can breastfeed while taking Folmaa as it is not harmful for the baby. Folmaa 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 Folmaa 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 Folmaa, in the morning or at night?

You can take Folmaa anytime 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 Folmaa make you sick?

Generally, Folmaa 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. It may also worsen the symptoms of co-existing vitamin B12 deficiency. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your doctor but do not stop taking Folmaa.

Q. How long do I need to take Folmaa?

The duration of treatment with Folmaa depends on the reason you are taking it for. If you are planning your pregnancy, then you need to start taking it 4 weeks prior to pregnancy and up to the first 3 months of pregnancy. If you are taking it for Folmaa deficiency, then usually it is prescribed for 4 months, but you may have to take it for longer in case the deficiency does not revert. 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.
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