What is Folvite?
Folvite is a dietary supplement medicine usually prescribed for folate and vitamin B deficiency. This medicine comes in the form of small uncoated tablets, which are to be administered orally.
This medicine is manufactured and marketed by Wyeth pharmaceuticals limited (now known as Pfizer). It comes in a strip containing 30 tablets per strip.
What is the Generic Medicine in Folvite Tablets?
Each Folvite tablets come in the form of small tablets containing 5 mg strength of Folate (Folic Acid) as the generic medicine in it.
Folic Acid is known as Vitamin B9. This vitamin is naturally synthesized in the human body. The tablets contain the artificially made Vitamin B9. Folate is also found in the many food items we eat such as Okra, Citrus foods, Broccoli, Brussels sprout etc. Eating such food with this medicine will speed up the recovery of the patient.
Dosage of Folvite
The dosage of the tablets will depend on the severity of the problem it is administered for. Generally prescribed dose for adults is 1 tablet twice each day. You can take the tablets with a glass of drinking water after your meals.
For children and elders, the dosage will be different than the adults. Please consult a qualified doctor for the correct dosage and frequency of the medicine as per your therapeutical needs.
Working Mechanism of Folvite Tablets
The Active ingredient in the Folvite tablets is Folic Acid. Folic acid acts on megaloblastic bone marrow to produce a normoblastic bone marrow. This increases the production of red blood cells and prevents anemic conditions. Folic acid supplements also help in increasing the level of Folate (Vitamin B9) in the body.
Vitamin B9 is essential for many vital functions in the body. It helps in lowering the levels of homocysteine in the body and reduces the probability of heart diseases. It is also useful in the production of new DNAs and hemoglobin.
Folvite tablets, if taken during pregnancy helps in ensuring a healthy child. It helps in the formation of a healthy placenta and nutritional atmosphere for the growth of the fetus. It prevents the growth of any developmental deformities in the fetus.
It’s very useful for pregnant women. working with Vitamin B12, folate helps in keeping the adequate hemoglobin if the blood. This prevents anemia which can be caused due to blood loss during delivery.
What are the Uses of Folvite Tablets?
As said earlier that folvite is a Dietary supplement, it can be used for nutritional deficiency related health problems. It is also used for the patients whose body is not capable of producing some vitamins naturally or producing lesser levels of Folate. This can happen due to some rare genetic conditions.
Folvite is widely prescribed for following conditions:
- Anemia due to Hemoglobin deficiency
- Neurological malfunctions
- Folate deficiency
Folate is also used during the pregnancy and for the women which are planning to get pregnant.
It helps in producing red blood cells, synthesizing new DNA’s, and also supports healthy functions of Heart.
Possible Side Effects of Folvite Tablets
Folic acid usually has very little to no side effects. If taken as prescribed by the doctor, these tablets are generally regarded safe for everyone.
If your doctor has instructed you to use this product, remember that it has either decided that its profit is more than the risk of side effects. Many people using this product do not experience any serious side effects. However, incorrect dosage may cause following conditions:
- Allergic conditions – Skin rashes, itching, irritations.
- Dizziness, Nausea, Vomiting
- Dark colored stool and urine
- Granules or bumps on the skin
- Dryness of mouth, tongue, and throat
- Difficulty in breathing
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain, indigestion, and other Abdominal discomforts
- Irregular sleep, sleep deprivation
- Hot flushes etc.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, if you see any serious symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, immediately seek medical help, including granular, itching/swelling (especially the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, difficulty in breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you take care of other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Precautions While Taking Folvite
Though, the medicine is a dietary supplement and generally regarded safe to take; one should take some simple precautions while taking it:
- Before taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist whether you are allergic to it; Or if you have any other allergens, this product may contain inert material, which may cause allergic reactions or other problems.
- Before using this product, tell your doctor about your medical history and other health problems (if any) you have, especially: Deficiency of vitamin B12.
- If you have any long-term infections (bacterial or fungal), consult your doctor before using Folvite.
- Patients suffering from any Liver or Kidney related health issues should take this medicine under the observation of their doctor.
- If the patients have Seizures in the past, this medicine should be taken with high precautions.
- Always take this medicine after your meals.
- It is not advised to take the Folic acid supplement with Citrus fruit juices, such as Lemon juice or orange juice. Vitamin C can affect your bodies ability to absorb Vitamin Bs present in the medicine.
- Keep the tablets away from the reach of children and pets.
- Store the medicine in a cool and dry place, away from the sunlight.
- If the packaging is tempered or damaged, Do not consume the medicine.
- Always check the expiry date before taking any medication.
Folvite Tablet During Pregnancy
Folvite Tablets are safe to be taken during pregnancy. The US FDA has approved the medicine in Category ‘A’ for use during pregnancy.
Pregnancy Category ‘A’ means that this medicine has No risk in controlled human studies: Adequate and well-controlled human studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
A Doctor can prescribe you to take this medicine before conception as well. Folic acid is a required Prenatal Vitamins. It helps both the fetus and the mother during the pregnancy.
Folvite Use While Breastfeeding
The implications of using this tablet while breastfeeding are quite ambiguous.
Though there are no studies or reports of this being harmful to a neonatal, studies do confirm that Folate can pass through breastmilk. The effects of Folate in infants is not yet clear.
Consult your Doctor before using this medicine. Studies have indicated that the benefits associated with it are far more than the risks, so your doctor will prescribe accordingly.
Can Folvite be Given to Children?
Yes, This medicine can be prescribed to children as well. Always consult a qualified Pediatrician before giving any medicine to your children. The dosage and the frequency of medication vary largely different from what is prescribed for adults.
Where to Buy Folvite
Folvite tablets are available as an Over the Counter (OTC) product. You don’t need a doctor’s prescription to purchase these tablets. However, it is not safe to Self-medicate, hence take a doctor’s advise before using OTC medicines as well.
Patient Queries About Folvite
For How Long Should I take Folvite?
You should take this medicine for the duration as advised by your doctor. The duration will depend upon your particular health problem. In general cases, it is prescribed to take the tablets twice a day for 3 months.
Does Folvite Help in Getting Pregnant?
No, folvite is not such medicine. However, the medicine helps in fulfilling the nutritional and vitamin needs before the pregnancy. But There is no such evidence that prooves folate’s role in pregnancy.
Can I take this tablet for the Treatment of Iron deficiency?
No, Iron is not the content of these tablets. These tablets will not affect the iron levels in your body.