Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Folic acid

Synonym(s): Pteroylglutamic acid

Introduction

Name

  • Folic acid.

Class of drug

  • Vitamin.

Description

Chemical name

  • Pteroylglutamic acid.
  • Composed of a pteridine ring, para-amino benzoic acid and glutamic acid.

Storage requirements

  • Storage and cooking of foods containing folic acid destroys the folic acid.
  • Destroyed by light.

Uses

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Indications

  • Folic acid deficiency.

Administration

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Precautions

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Interactions

with other drugs

Methotrexate Methotrexate
  • Folic acid supplements may inhibit the response to methotrexate (a folate antagonist).

Sulfasalazine

  • Sulfasalazine may inhibit the absorption of folic acid.

Further Reading

Publications

Other sources of information

  • Mehta D K (Executive Ed) (1999)Electronic British National Formulary, Number 33.London: British Medical Association, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and Quartet Software Ltd.
  • Derived from Bishop Y (Ed) (1998)The Veterinary Formulary.4th edn. British Veterinary Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society. p 378. ISBN 0 85369 345 5.
  • Brander G C, Pugh D M, Bywater R J & Jenkins W L (1991)Veterinary Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics.5th edn. London: Bailliere Tindall, pp 233-234. ISBN 0 7020 1366 8.

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