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What are the side effects of folic acid?

i was taking a 1mg folic acid supplement that also had some b12 & b6 in it daily for approximately 3 mths...I was also taking a multivitamin that may also had contained folic acid. I have stopped taking the folic acid vitamin for the last couple of months, however, am now afraid that the additional folic acid that I took might have been harmful, please confirm?
Thu, 7 Jan 2021
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Hi,

Folic acid is the synthetic form of vitamin B9. It is a B vitamin that plays an important role in DNA and cell formation. It is found exclusively in vitamins and certain fortified foods. Folic acid is used to treat certain types of anemia and a folic acid deficiency. Women of reproductive age take folic acid to reduce the risks of birth defects.

Although doses up to 5 mg daily have been safely used in some research, doses of Folic acid greater than 1 mg daily might cause feeling unwell or malaise, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, rash, sleep disorders, irritability, confusion, nausea, stomach upset, behavior changes, skin reactions, seizures, gas, excitability, abdominal swelling, loss of appetite, bitter or bad taste in mouth, vomiting, allergic reactions and other side effects. If side effects persist for long or bother you, you should consult your doctor promptly for medical help.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Zubayer Alam, General And Family Physician
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What are the side effects of folic acid?

Hi, Folic acid is the synthetic form of vitamin B9. It is a B vitamin that plays an important role in DNA and cell formation. It is found exclusively in vitamins and certain fortified foods. Folic acid is used to treat certain types of anemia and a folic acid deficiency. Women of reproductive age take folic acid to reduce the risks of birth defects. Although doses up to 5 mg daily have been safely used in some research, doses of Folic acid greater than 1 mg daily might cause feeling unwell or malaise, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, rash, sleep disorders, irritability, confusion, nausea, stomach upset, behavior changes, skin reactions, seizures, gas, excitability, abdominal swelling, loss of appetite, bitter or bad taste in mouth, vomiting, allergic reactions and other side effects. If side effects persist for long or bother you, you should consult your doctor promptly for medical help. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Zubayer Alam, General And Family Physician