Q. Should I take B12 supplement for folic acid deficiency?

Answered by Dr. Anshul Varshney and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

 

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Hi doctor,

I took a blood test and found out that there is a folic acid deficiency. What is the standard dose taken for the folic acid deficiency? Should I have to take a B12 supplement along with it? If so, what is the dosage?


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Dr. Anshul Varshney
M.B.B.S., M.D. MEDICINE
Critical Care Physician, Diabetology, General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical Gastroenterology,

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

For folic acid deficiency, you can take a dose of 5 mg per day for three months. For vitamin B12 deficiency, you can take Mecobalamine 500 mcg once a day for three months. Did you test for vitamin D deficiency?

 

Thank you doctor,

Yes, I got tested, and I was given vitamin D 20000 IU tablets. I have finished taking it. I have numbness, tingling in hands with short-term memory problems, and irritable mood. So again I took a blood test and found a folic acid deficiency. Could this be the reason for my problems? My B12 was fine. I also read that taking 5 mg folic acid can reduce vitamin B12 present in the body. Is this true? And if so, do I have to take a B12 supplement? What is the dose?

 

Dr. Anshul Varshney
M.B.B.S., M.D. MEDICINE
Critical Care Physician, Diabetology, General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical Gastroenterology,

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes, these symptoms can happen due to folic acid deficiency with an associated vitamin B12 deficiency. I recommend you take Folic acid 5 mg along with Methylcobalamine 500 mcg once a day for three months. The symptoms that you have mentioned can be due to vitamin deficiencies as well as due to anxiety. Check your thyroid levels also.

 
 
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