|Drug Name:||Folic Acid|
|Manufacturer:||West-ward Pharmaceutical Corp.|
Folic acid is effective in the treatment of megaloblastic anemias due to deficiency of folic acid (as may be seen in tropical or nontropical sprue) and in anemias of nutritional origin, pregnancy, infancy, or childhood.
-- A disorder characterized by the presence of ANEMIA, abnormally large red blood cells (megalocytes or macrocytes), and MEGALOBLASTS.
-- disorder of nutrition due to unbalanced or insufficient diet or to defective assimilation or utilization of nutrients.
-- A malabsorption syndrome that is precipitated by the ingestion of GLUTEN-containing foods, such as wheat, rye, and barley. It is characterized by INFLAMMATION of the SMALL INTESTINE, loss of MICROVILLI structure, failed INTESTINAL ABSORPTION, and MALNUTRITION.
-- A reduction in the number of circulating erythrocytes or in the quantity of hemoglobin.
Folic acid is contraindicated in patients who have shown previous intolerance to the drug.
Administration of folic acid alone is improper therapy for pernicious anemia and other megaloblastic anemias in which vitamin B12 is deficient.
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