Folate is a B vitamin. It's also called folic acid. Your body uses it to make red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen around the body.
When you don't have enough folate, your body has a hard time making red blood cells. This can cause a problem called anemia. Anemia means that you don't have enough red blood cells.
You can take a folate supplement every day to treat this kind of anemia. In most cases, it gets better in 5 to 7 days. But if you have another health problem, your doctor may want you to keep taking folate after the anemia goes away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: February 27, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine
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