Folic acid is a member of the Vitamin B Complex group. It consists of apterdine nucleus and oaraminobenzic acid. It is active to blood production,along with vitamin B12. It stimulates erythropoisis.
It is contained in fresh vegetables (string beans, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, cauli flower etc.), liver and kidneys animals. Deficiency of this vitamin cause anaemia. The body requirement of this vitamin is higher during to pregnancy and growth.
Folic acid is useful in microcytic anaemia with megablastic changes in the bonemarrow .These include Addisonian pernicious anaemia, nutritional macrocytic anaemia, anaemia of pregnancy and lactation, when it is used Combination with iron to prevent anaemia.
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In people with marked folic acid deficiency, in addition to anaemia, there is market loss of weight,and the mouth cavity and tongue show Information and some times ulcer. Patients may complain of a burning sensation in the mouth following the usual spicy food.
Dose And Administration
In the deficiency of folic acid give 1 Tab (5 mg ) three times daily for 3 weeks followed by 1 tab (5mg ) daily for two weeks.
For the prevention of anaemia during pregnancy and lactation, is to be taken 0.5 mg daily. Started from the fourth months onwards and continued through out pregnancy-treatment should be continued for four weeks.
Side Effects – None.
It is not be given to the patients having malignant growth and Leucophlekia(Pre-Cancerous stage)
* Dr. Ram Bahadur Bohara is the Chairman of the of Nepal Alternative Medical Development Council and Advisor of Science Infotech.