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Old 06-15-2008, 03:01 PM   #1
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Question Am I taking too much folic acid?

I'm starting to try to conceive in about a month. At the moment, I take multi vitamins, which contain 200mcg folic acid. I got some 400mcg folic acid to take now up untill I start trying, in addition to the multi vitamins and when I start trying, I will stop the seperate folic acid and replace my multi with pregnancy vitamins, which contain 400mcg folic acid.

I took a folic acid yesterday evening after dinner, and woke up this morning with a bit of a stomach ache. I wondered if it might have been the folic acid, but took another one this evening anyway and now I've got a stomach ache again. Could it be the folic acid? It says on the box not to exeed the daily dose and it say the 400mcg is 200% of the daily dose. Although I read online that you can take up to 1000mcg before getting any side effects.

Should I stop taking them and just switch onto the pregnancy vitamins when I start trying?

 
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Old 06-15-2008, 03:32 PM   #2
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Re: Am I taking too much folic acid?

Hi Shakira, I don't know the answer 100% but I've heard all you need is 400mg of folic acid. In my humble opinion, I would take the pregnancy vitamins only now. They have absolutely everything in them that your whole body needs and includes the folic acid. I do know that too much of certain vitamins, can have a negative effect on your body. So maybe just the pregnancy ones are best x

 
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Old 06-15-2008, 03:59 PM   #3
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Re: Am I taking too much folic acid?

Thank you. I will do that then.

 
Old 06-15-2008, 06:02 PM   #4
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Re: Am I taking too much folic acid?

From what I have researched, 400mg for women who are not pregnant, 800mg for pregnant and lactating women. However, if the woman has given birth to a child w/ a neural tube defect, Dr's recommend that more folic acid should be taken in order to prevent another neural tube defect.

Also, Folic acid is water soluble. So you can't take "too much". Your body will release the vitamin if you take too much. You can't overdose or have adverse effects from taking more than you need.

Hope that helped!

 
Old 06-16-2008, 01:43 PM   #5
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Re: Am I taking too much folic acid?

I didn't take one yesterday and didn't get a stomach ache last night or today. It could be the brand of vitamin they are and not the fact that it's folic acid.

 
Old 06-20-2008, 05:50 AM   #6
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Re: Am I taking too much folic acid?

Try changing the time of day that you take the multivitamin.

400mcg is plenty, but 800mcg is good, too. I wouldn't take more than that, though, without your doctor telling to do so.

 
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