Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
What Is Folvite?
Folvite (folic acid) is a synthetic form of folate, a B vitamin, used to treat or prevent low folate levels, which can lead to certain types of anemia or birth defects. Conditions that can cause low folate levels include poor diet, pregnancy, alcoholism, liver disease, certain stomach/intestinal problems, or kidney dialysis. The brand name drug Folvite is no longer available in the U.S. Generic versions may still be available.
What Are Side Effects of Folvite?
Folvite (folic acid) usually has very few side effects. If you have any unusual effects from taking Folvite, tell your doctor. If you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction after taking Folvite, including:
- itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat),
- dizziness, or
- trouble breathing, seek medical help immediately.
Dosage for Folvite
The dose of Folvite for both adults and children is up to 1 mg daily. Resistant cases may require larger doses.
What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Folvite?
Folvite generally does not interact with other medications, but use caution if taking other folic acid supplements, or pyrimethamine. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you are taking.
Folvite During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Folvite is safe to take during pregnancy when used as directed. Certain spinal cord birth defects may be prevented by taking adequate amounts of folic acid during pregnancy. Folic acid passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Folvite Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.