Folic acid is a type of B vitamin that is normally found in foods such as dried beans, peas, lentils, oranges, whole-wheat products, liver, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and spinach.

Folic acid helps your body produce and maintain new cells, and also helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer.

As a medication, folic acid is used to treat folic acid deficiency and certain types of anemia (lack of red blood cells) caused by folic acid deficiency.

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  • FA-8, Folacin-800
  • nausea, loss of appetite;
    bloating, gas;
    bitter or unpleasant taste in your mouth;
    sleep problems;
    depression; or
    feeling excited or irritable.
  • Usual Adult Dose for Folic Acid 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.