Folicap Uses

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What is Folicap?

Vitamins are compounds that you must have for growth and health. They are needed in small amounts only and are usually available in the foods that you eat. Folicap (vitamin B 9) is necessary for strong blood.

Lack of Folicap may lead to anemia (weak blood). Your health care professional may treat this by prescribing Folicap for you.

Some conditions may increase your need for Folicap. These include:

  • Alcoholism
  • Anemia, hemolytic
  • Diarrhea (continuing)
  • Fever (prolonged)
  • Hemodialysis
  • Illness (prolonged)
  • Intestinal diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Stress (continuing)
  • Surgical removal of stomach

In addition, infants smaller than normal, breast-fed infants, or those receiving unfortified formulas (such as evaporated milk or goat's milk) may need additional Folicap.

Increased need for Folicap should be determined by your health care professional.

Some studies have found that Folicap taken by women before they become pregnant and during early pregnancy may reduce the chances of certain birth defects (neural tube defects).

Claims that Folicap and other B vitamins are effective for preventing mental problems have not been proven. Many of these treatments involve large and expensive amounts of vitamins.

Injectable Folicap is given by or under the direction of your health care professional. Another form of Folicap is available without a prescription.

Folicap indications

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Folicap is used in the treatment and prevention of the folate deficiency state. It does not correct folate deficiency due to dihydrofolate reductase inhibitors. Folicap is also used in women of child-bearing potential and pregnant women to protect against neural tube defects in their offspring. It is also used for the treatment of folate-deficient megaloblastic anaemia, chronic haemolytic states such as thalassaemia major or sickle-cell anaemia.

How should I use Folicap?

Use Folicap as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Folicap may be administered as an injection by your health care professional.
  • If you are using Folicap at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider. If the medicine contains particles, is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to explain local regulations for selecting an appropriate container and properly disposing of the container when full.
  • If you miss a dose of Folicap, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Folicap.

Uses of Folicap in details

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Folicap is the man-made form of folate. Folate is a B-vitamin naturally found in some foods. It is needed to form healthy cells, especially red blood cells.

Folicap supplements may come in different forms (such as L-methylfolate, levomefolate, methyltetrahydrofolate). They are used to treat or prevent low folate levels. Low folate levels can lead to certain types of anemia. Conditions that can cause low folate levels include poor diet, pregnancy, alcoholism, liver disease, certain stomach/intestinal problems, kidney dialysis, among others. Women of childbearing age should receive adequate amounts of Folicap either through their diet or supplements to prevent infant spinal cord birth defects.

How to use Folicap

Take this product by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. If you are taking the over-the-counter product, follow all directions on the product package. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or take this product more often than directed.

Take this product regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Follow the diet plan recommended by your doctor or dietician. See also Notes section.

If your condition persists or worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, get medical help right away.

Folicap description

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A member of the vitamin B family that stimulates the hematopoietic system. It is present in the liver and kidney and is found in mushrooms, spinach, yeast, green leaves, and grasses (poaceae). Folicap is used in the treatment and prevention of folate deficiencies and megaloblastic anemia. [PubChem]

Folicap dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Megaloblastic Anemia

1 mg orally, intramuscularly, subcutaneously or IV once a day. May continue until clinical symptoms of folate deficiency and the hematological profile have normalized.

Usual Adult Dose for Folicap Deficiency

400 to 800 mcg orally, intramuscularly, subcutaneously or IV once a day.

Women of childbearing age, pregnant, and lactating women: 800 mcg orally, intramuscularly, subcutaneously or IV once a day.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Folicap Deficiency

Infant:

0.1 mg orally, intramuscularly, subcutaneously or IV once a day.

Child:

Less than 4 years: up to 0.3 mg orally, intramuscularly, subcutaneously or IV once a day.

4 years or older: 0.4 mg orally, intramuscularly, subcutaneously or IV once a day.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation

Recommended daily allowance (RDA):

Premature neonates: 50 mcg/day (15 mcg/kg/day).

Full-term neonates and infants 1 to 6 months: 25 to 35 mcg/day.

Children:

1 to 3 years: 150 mcg/day.

4 to 8 years: 200 mcg/day.

9 to 13 years: 300 mcg/day.

14 years and older: 400 mcg/day.

Renal Dose Adjustments

Data not available

Liver Dose Adjustments

Data not available

Dose Adjustments

Rarely, a dosage of 2 mg/day may be required, particularly in patients with malabsorption, alcoholism, chronic hemolysis, chronic exfoliative skin disease or who are on concomitant anticonvulsant therapy.

Dialysis

Folicap is removed by both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. The amount removed varies with type equipment used.

Because folate may accumulate in patients with end-stage renal disease, side effects may be more likely in this patient who is undergoing dialysis. Once this patient's body stores of folate are replete, three times a week dosing may be just as beneficial as once daily dosing but should portend a lower risk of side effects.

Other Comments

The recommended daily allowance of Folicap for adult males and females ranges from 150 to 200 and 150 to 180 mcg/day, respectively.

There is a potential danger in administering Folicap to patients with undiagnosed anemia, since Folicap may obscure the diagnosis of pernicious anemia by alleviating the hematologic manifestations of the disease while allowing the neurologic complications to progress.

Severe megaloblastic anemia may require therapy for 4 to 5 weeks. Once stabilized, if dietary intake is inadequate, maintenance therapy can be started.

Folicap interactions

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What other drugs will affect Folicap?

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Medications that interfere with your bodys ability to use folate may also increase the need for this vitamin. Medications can interfere with folate utilization, including: anticonvulsant medications (such as phenytoin, and primidone) metformin (sometimes prescribed to control blood sugar in type 2 diabetes) sulfasalazine (used to control inflammation associated with Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis) triamterene (a diuretic) Methotrexate There has been concern about the interaction between vitamin B12 and Folicap. Folicap supplements can correct the anemia associated with vitamin B12 deficiency. Unfortunately, Folicap will not correct changes in the nervous system that result from vitamin B12 deficiency. Permanent nerve damage could theoretically occur if vitamin B12 deficiency is not treated. Therefore, intake of supplemental Folicap should not exceed 1000 micrograms (g, sometimes mcg) per day to prevent Folicap from masking symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency. It is important for older adults to be aware of the relationship between Folicap and vitamin B12 because they are at greater risk of having a vitamin B12 deficiency. If you are 50 years of age or older, ask your physician to check your B12 status before you take a supplement that contains Folic Acid.

Folicap side effects

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What are the possible side effects of Folicap?

Allergic sensitization has been reported following both oral and parenteral administration of Folicap.

Folicap is relatively nontoxic in man. Rare instances of allergic responses to Folicap preparations have been reported and have included erythema, skin rash, itching, general malaise, and respiratory difficulty due to bronchospasm. One patient experienced symptoms suggesting anaphylaxis following injection of the drug. Gastrointestinal side effects, including anorexia, nausea, abdominal distention, flatulence, and a bitter or bad taste, have been reported in patients receiving 15 mg Folicap daily for 1 month. Other side effects reported in patients receiving 15 mg daily include altered sleep patterns, difficulty in concentrating, irritability, overactivity, excitement, mental depression, confusion, and impaired judgment. Decreased vitamin B12 serum levels may occur in patients receiving prolonged Folicap therapy.

In an uncontrolled study, orally administered Folicap was reported to increase the incidence of seizures in some epileptic patients receiving phenobarbital, primidone, or diphenylhydantoin. Another investigator reported decreased diphenylhydantoin serum levels in folate-deficient patients receiving diphenylhydantoin who were treated with 5 mg or 15 mg of Folicap daily.

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Folicap contraindications

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What is the most important information I should know about Folicap?

Because it may mask the hematologic abnormalities while neurological damage progresses, Folicap should not be used in the therapy of patients with vitamin B12 deficiency of any cause, unless there is associated folate deficiency. The Folicap content of one tablet a day however, is unlikely to mask pernicious anemia should this condition be present. Also, pregnancy during pernicious anemia is very rare.

Active ingredient matches for Folicap:

Folic Acid in Egypt.


Unit description / dosage (Manufacturer)Price, USD
Drops; Otic; Lidocaine Hydrochloride 10 mg; Phenazone 40 mg / g
Folicap 5 mg x 100's

List of Folicap substitutes (brand and generic names):

FOLICAN TABLET 1 strip / 10 tablets each (Med Manor Organics Pvt Ltd)$ 0.24
Folicard 5 mg x 100's (Gruppo Medica)$ 15.56
Folicard cap 5 mg 100's (Gruppo Medica)$ 0.16
Solution; Oral; Folic Acid 0.4 mg / 5 ml (Medico Health Care)
5 mg x 10's (Medico Health Care)$ 0.16
Folicare 5 mg x 60's (Medico Health Care)
Folicare 5 mg x 100's (Medico Health Care)
Folicare 5mg TAB / 10 (Medico Health Care)$ 0.16
Folicare 5 mg Tablet (Medico Health Care)$ 0.02
FOLICARE tab 5 mg x 10's (Medico Health Care)$ 0.16
Tablet; Oral; Folic Acid 1 mg
Folicil tab 5 mg 60's (Bial)
Folicon 5 mg Tablet (Icon Pharma & Surgicals Pvt. Ltd)$ 0.01
Folicon 5mg Tablet (Icon Pharma & Surgicals Pvt. Ltd)$ 0.03
FOLICON TABLET 1 strip / 10 tablets each (Icon Pharma & Surgicals Pvt Ltd)$ 0.30
5 mg x 10's (Invision Medi Sciences)$ 0.24
Foliday 5mg TAB / 10 (Invision Medi Sciences)$ 0.24
Foliday 5 mg Tablet (Invision Medi Sciences)$ 0.02
FOLIDAY tab 5 mg x 10's (Invision Medi Sciences)$ 0.19
Foliday 5mg TAB / 10 (Invision Medi Sciences)$ 0.24
5 mg x 10's (Fourrts (India) Laboratories Pvt. Ltd.)$ 0.13
Foliden 5mg TAB / 10 (Fourrts (India) Laboratories Pvt. Ltd.)$ 0.13
Foliden 5 mg Tablet (Fourrts (India) Laboratories Pvt. Ltd.)$ 0.01
FOLIDEN tab 5 mg x 10's (Fourrts (India) Laboratories Pvt. Ltd.)$ 0.13
Foliden 5mg TAB / 10 (Fourrts (India) Laboratories Pvt. Ltd.)$ 0.13
FOLIDEX TABLET 1 strip / 10 tablets each (Italfarmaco)$ 0.63
Folidex Tablet (Italfarmaco)$ 0.06
Folidyn cap 5 mg 100's (Dyna Drug)
Tablet; Oral; Folic Acid 5 mg
Foliglo Niacin 20 mg, vitamin E 10 IU, pantothenic acid 5 mg, vitaminB2 1.7 mg, vitamin B6 1.5 mg, biotin 300 mcg, folic acid 300mcg, zinc 15 mg, selenium 50mcg, betacarotene 6 mg. CAP / 10 (Glenmark (Gracewell))$ 1.51
FOLIGLO cap 10's (Glenmark (Gracewell))$ 1.51

References

  1. DailyMed. "ASCORBIC ACID; BIOTIN; CYANOCOBALAMIN; DEXPANTHENOL; ERGOCALCIFEROL; FOLIC ACID; NIACINAMIDE; PHYTONADIONE; PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE; RIBOFLAVIN 5'-PHOSPHATE SODIUM; THIAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE; VITAMIN A; VITAMIN E: DailyMed provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States. DailyMed is the official provider of FDA label information (package inserts).". https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailyme... (accessed September 17, 2018).
  2. PubChem. "folic acid". https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/com... (accessed September 17, 2018).
  3. DrugBank. "folic acid". http://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00158 (accessed September 17, 2018).

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