Treatment of folate deficiency anemia

1. A once-daily dosage of 1 mg of folic acid given PO will replenish body stores in about three weeks.

2. Folate supplementation is also recommended for women of child-bearing age to reduce the incidence of fetal neural tube defects. Folic acid should be initiated at 0.4 mg daily before conception. Most prenatal vitamins contain this amount. Women who have previously given birth to a child with a neural tube defect should take 4 to 5 mg of folic acid daily.

References: See page 195.

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