Folbic Overview: Common Use(s)
Folbic is a multivitamin, commonly used as a supplement to prevent/treat vitamin deficiency. This combination of vitamins provides folic acid, vitamin B-6, and vitamin B-12 to people who lack the amount these vitamins for good health. Folbic also has other uses and is prescribed to treat other conditions (such as certain heart and blood vessel diseases) by reducing your body’s level of homocysteine. High homocysteine levels may be linked to narrowing of the arteries, and lowering these levels may decrease your risk of heart attack, dementia, kidney disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. If you are experiencing any of the above conditions, you may want to ask your doctor about how Folbic can help.
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Common Folbic Side Effects
Diarrhea, drowsiness, itching, rash, swelling, or dizziness. None of the above common side effects require immediate attention. If you experience them for a few days, talk to your physician about more advice. Do not try to treat them on your own.
Less Common Folbic Side Effects
Difficulty breathing, any tingling/numbness of your toes/fingers, difficulty grasping/gripping with your hands, difficulty walking, or a loss of muscle coordination. Contact your doctor right away if you’ve experienced any of these Less Common Side Effects.
What Does My Physician Need To Know?
Let your doctor know if you have any of the following conditions: Any history of blood problems (Ex: Pernicious anemia), if you have allergies, or if your body has a decreased amount of vitamin B-12. Make sure to let your doctor know if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or currently trying to become pregnant.
How To Take Folbic
Always follow the instructions on the bottle of the prescription drug. Drink water when you swallow your tablets. Be sure to take your doses with regular intervals between them. Take only as directed by your doctor. DO NOT share this medicine! Don’t stop taking this medicine without first consulting your physician about how to do it safely. Children taking this drug may require special instructions. Be sure to ask about these differences if you are getting this medication for your child.
Missed A Dose of Folbic?
Never take double or extra doses! If you’ve missed a dose of Folbic, take one as soon as possible. But if it’s almost time for the NEXT scheduled dose, only take THAT NEXT DOSE. Remember NEVER to take double or extra doses.
Chloramphenicol, any medicine used for the treatment of seizures (Ex: Phenytoin), fluorouracil, or levodopa (without carbidopa). Let your physician know if you are taking any other medications. Also let your doctor know if you are a frequent caffeine or alcohol consumer, if you smoke, or if you use any other legal or illegal drugs. All of these may affect your expected benefit from Folbic.
What You Should Watch For While Taking Folbic
Get regular checkups from your doctor while taking Folbic. You can better monitor your progress this way. Be sure to tell your doctor if your condition has worsened, or has not improved. DO NOT abruptly stop taking this drug!! Consult your doctor about how to safely stop your doses. Your body may become dependent on this medicine. Folbic may affect your body for several days after you stop taking it. You may experience drowsiness or dizziness. Don’t use any heavy machinery or operate any type of vehicle until you know how this medicine affects you. You may faint or become dizzy if you sit or stand too quickly. Do not consume alcohol while taking Folbic. Let your doctor know if you are scheduled for surgery. (Also let the doctors know you are taking Folbic if you become in need of unexpected surgery). If you experience coughs, allergies, or a cold, be sure to contact your physician for professional advice. Do not try to treat yourself for these symptoms. Some ingredients found in other medicines may affect the expected performance of Folbic and may also increase side effects.
Storing Your Folbic Medicine
Keep Folbic at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep out of direct sunlight and moisture. Be sure to throw away any unused Folbic or if expired. Most importantly, store Folbic safely and keep out of the reach of children; in a small childproof container.
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