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Inofolic - where can you get it and will it help?

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Findingseashells Thu 23-Oct-14 21:43:37

Hello... Scary first post! I've been taking Clomid for 6 months and the consultant has now recommended I take Inofolic which he said I could get over the counter and to make sure I got the 'proper' stuff. I've had no luck getting hold of it in chemists and the only ones I can find online seem to be in Bulgarian packaging on Ebay and I can't see the ingredients/dosage.

The brand he mentioned were Phamasure, but there's nothing on their website about stockists and nothing else comes up in google. Is it new and has anyone taken it? Was so hopeful now a bit frustrated. ..Any help much appreciated!

GreenEggs8Ham Mon 20-Jul-15 13:36:08

Hey there. I'm on it right now - recommended by consultant at fertility clinic. I was pretty shocked at cost (£198 for 6 month supply but when compared to cost of IVF I just thought I'd go for it. I've been on it since May, on top of Metformin. Have had AF every month, and have noticed increase in PMT (though could be a number of factors). Haven't noticed significant weight loss, but do feel less lethargic. Will post again if I get BFP.
Good luck!!

Findingseashells Mon 20-Jul-15 21:45:00

Thanks. Got it straight from Pharmasure in the end and have been taking it about 8 months but can't tell if it's restored my absent cycle as have had IVF in the middle. My period didn't return after that but that could have been the IVF drugs. The doctor felt it could regulate my cycle and help my chances of success (instead of metformin as it's more 'natural' he thinks)but not so far so am wondering whether to invest another 200 quid into the next batch. Not noticed weight loss either although stomach maybe a bit less prone to ballooning. It covers folic acid so don't need to take that but as I occasionally miss a dose of inofolic wonder if I should start taking folic acid as well. Better look if you can overdo it! Good luck to you too!!!

bananafish81 Mon 20-Jul-15 22:34:26

Hi ladies

I don't take Inofolic but I am taking 4g Inositol plus separate folic acid, which are both equivalent to the 4g inositol + 400 micrograms of folic acid in Inofolic

I have PCOS and the plan was for me to go straight from the pill to Clomid, to use my withdrawal bleed as CD1 - because the last time I came off the pill I had one 9-month-long anovulatory cycle! I decided however to hold off on the Clomid till after the summer, and come off the pill first, to get one set of hormones out my system before chucking another hormone at it. I absolutely didn't expect anything to happen, but I was determined to try and regulate my hormones as best I could to get in shape for the Clomid

As well as the Inositol, and other various supplements, I took Soy Isoflavones on CD3-8. The theory is that they act in a similar way to Clomid - kind of like nature’s Clomid, to Inositol serving as nature’s Metformin. I was staggered when I ovulated on CD20!

I have no idea if either of the supplements made any difference whatsoever, but there are some really encouraging studies showing the effectiveness of Inositol, so I’m def gonna carry on taking it this month, despite the cost.

The Inositol cost doesn’t seem absolutely astronomical TBH, it seems that it’s not the cheapest to begin with. I’ve been buying Solgar (v reputable brand) Inositol 500mg capsules, and take 4 in the morning (2g) and 4 at night (takes me to 4g daily dose). If a jar of 50 capsules is £10.40, it’s about 4 jars a month for £40, so the Inofolic works out cheaper than what I’m doing. So I’m def gonna look into getting some from the Inofolic website!

Fingers crossed for you both xx

bananafish81 Mon 20-Jul-15 22:37:43

Oh and greenness, you don't have to worry about overdoing it on folic acid. My consultant said you just pee out what you don't absorb -it's not a fat-soluble vitamin where too much can be bad for you.

Because I have epilepsy I actually take a prescription strength dose of folic acid (5mg - so over 8 times the strength of the 400 micrograms that's the 'normal' recommended dose) - I asked if I could overdo it if I took a conception multivitamin which had 400 micrograms of folic acid already in it, and he said not a prob at all, for the reason above.

So no worries if you're taking two lots, according to my consultant smile

bananafish81 Mon 20-Jul-15 22:38:13

Damn you autocorrect - greeness = Greeneggs!

swlondonnanny Mon 20-Jul-15 22:45:32

I take inositol. It is much cheaper to order the powder one. Ordered it on amazon. Not sure if it is doing anything to my cycles but feel good when taking it (and lost a bit of weight as well).
Have folic acid in my multivitamins...

Babyfeverdrivingmecrazy Mon 20-Jul-15 23:27:30

Is it safe to buy off Amazon/ eBay?

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