Folic Acid

I have been diagnosed with epilepsy and my doctor has asked me to take folic acid can you explain why?

If you are a woman of childbearing potential and have been diagnosed with epilepsy, it is important to be made aware of the potential benefits of taking folic acid. By taking the higher dose tablet of folic acid 5mg as prescribed by your doctor (it cannot be acquired over the counter) prior to conception you may reduce the risks of neural tube defects such as spina bifida.

Women should be informed that it is not effective in reducing the risk of neural tube defects when taken after conception.

What is Folic Acid?

Folic acid is a vitamin belonging to the vitamin B group. » read more


Why is extra folic acid required for women with epilepsy?

The reason for the recommended increased dose of folic acid 5mg is » read more


When should folic acid be taken?

Ideally, it is advised that you start taking folic acid » read more


What if I am already pregnant, have epilepsy and taking anti-epileptic drugs?

If you find that you are already pregnant and on anti-epileptic drugs, do not stop taking your anti-epileptic drugs unless advised by your doctor. » read more

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