Folic Acid

The synthetic form of folate, which is a water-soluble vitamin B9, is called folic acid. Folic acid is essential during pregnancy to prevent neural birth defects. The other benefits of taking folic acid are it prevents cancer and helps reduce homocysteine levels, which is related to the development of heart problems.

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Please interpret my blood report.

Query: Hi doctor, I am having mild chest pain over the last three days. I also feel lazy and less energetic for few months. I have done routine checkup. Can you please give suggestion based on the report attached?  Read Full »


Dr. Prashant Valecha

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Get ECG (electrocardiogram), 2D echo and TMT test (treadmill test) to rule out any cardiac risk. Your homocysteine levels are little high (attachment removed to protect patient identity), which may be the factor responsible for hypercoagulable state. Repeat homocyste...  Read Full »

When should the next pack of OCP be started?

Query: Hi doctor, I am using ocp for last 4-5 months. In my last cycle I took active pills for 22 days. But took two ocps each day from day19 to day 22. Along with this took an i-pill on day18 of ocp cycle. On 5th day of pill free break got withdrawal bleeding. I want to know when to start the next pack...  Read Full »


Dr. Dattaprasad Balasaheb Inamdar

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Following are answer to your queries. You can start next pack of active pill anytime between day two and day five. It does not matter much on which day you start it. You will still be protected against pregnancy as long as you do not miss pills. Mostly you ...  Read Full »

Can constipation be caused by iron tablets?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife who is 40 years old has hemoglobin level of 8. Which iron or other supplement should she take immediately? She regularly feels quite tired. She had the same issues during her college days too. Also, can iron tablets cause constipation? If yes, kindly suggest remedial measures. Pl...  Read Full »


Dr. Dattaprasad Balasaheb Inamdar

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If she is having chronic anemia then one advice would be to make sure that it is due to iron deficiency anemia indeed and not due to other deficiency or thalassemia minor. If hemogram was done, red blood cell distribution width RDW of ≥15% and picture of micro...  Read Full »

Can diabetes insipidus be cured?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with diabetes insipidus when I was 13 and my present age is 43. I have always had to rely on my DDAVP. However, for the past 6 months, my symptoms and use of the medicines has diminished to the point I have not had to take the DDAVP for six months. Etiology unknown as ...  Read Full »


Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is rare but yes it is possible that over a long period of time, diabetes inspidus can auto correct itself. Over time some, ADH nerve terminals are able to form at the base of the hypothalamus, resulting in the resolution of DI symptoms and the development of an e...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for fatigue and disinterest in activities?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband has been feeling fatigued for the last six months with disinterest in activities. Got his blood tested recently and got some abnormal values. Could you please shed some light? I am attaching his blood test results. Please check those and let me know what is the problem ...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda

Geriatrician, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the reports. (attachment removed to protect patient ability). Based on your query, my opinion is as follows. Blood smear appears macrocytic with ovalocytes suggesting vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiency. Few macro platelets are also noted, which is in l...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for pain in lower abdomen and thighs in early stage of pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23-year-old female. I am 13 days pregnant and currently experiencing a pain that feels like I have been exercising for a long time. The pain is in my thighs and the lower side of my abdomen. I currently take Metformin 2000 mg per day and folic acid also.   Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I hope you did not have any extraordinary activities to cause the pain around the thighs and lower abdomen. The pain we are to worry about is intermittent pains, that come for a few seconds, just like the pain in periods and then disappears, and come back again later...  Read Full »

Can my OCD get cured with lower dose of medicine?

Query: Hi doctor, I have brain lesion in the left temporal lobe size 0.9 mm as found in brain MRI. I had seizure twice two years ago. I am also suffering from OCD. Fluoxetine 40 mg has been very effective in treating OCD, but caused memory problem, speech problem and lack of concentration. When can I lower...  Read Full »


Dr. Nidhi Jain Bukharia

General Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. For Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) you have to take medications. Less than 40 mg Fluoxetine will not be effective. So, continue the same dose. Chances of relapse are very high in OCD cases. As you are having it for six years it is better to continue the medication...  Read Full »

There is a zit on my tongue. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am 49 years old and have this white pimple kind of thing on my tongue (left side) since quite some time (more than two months). It is not causing me any symptoms or any discomfort. I also have not noticed any increase in size or any other changes. I do not drink, smoke or use tobacco. Ho...  Read Full »


Dr. Tooba Qazi

Dentist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the proper detailed history and the appropriate clinical picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Since you are not a tobacco or alcohol user the chance of oral cancer is ruled out. Now a few types or differential diagnosis are left. Lie bum...  Read Full »

Does canker sore make lymph node swollen?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30 year old male. I have a canker sore. I was wondering if it is common to have a swollen right lymph node with tenderness, body pain, and tiredness along with the sore. Please explain.  Read Full »


Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar

Diabetologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Cankersore also referred as aphthous ulcer, is a non-specific ulceration of non-keratinous mucous membrane of the mouth. The exact cause why these occur is not clear. Irritation of mucous membrane due to acidic foods and citrous foods could be a possibility. Pain is quite...  Read Full »

Can Orofer XT be used instead of Orofer?

Query: Hi doctor, We were prescribed Orofer but got Orofer XT for iron deficiency. Is it fine to have Orofer XT instead of Orofer?  Read Full »


Dr. Pooja Pardhi

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Iron deficiency anemia is very common. You should start taking iron supplements only after an accurate diagnosis is made. Because if taken in over dosage it may cause health problems. Iron supplements should not be given in iron overload, thalassemia and non iron...  Read Full »

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