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How much folic acid do you take?

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JeNeBaguetteRien Tue 25-Oct-16 13:54:44

Hello, just wondering as I started out taking folic acid supplements (400 micrograms) and then moved on to Pregnacare conception which has other vitamins etc. added.
I went to Barcelona for a few days and forgot my supplement so bought some folic acid tablets in a pharmacy and the dosage is 5 milligrams per tablet. It's called ACFOL. There was no language issue, the phramacist knew I was TTC and not yet pregnant. The box says a prescription is needed but she sold me 2 boxes. And now I'm wondering if maybe I've been taking too little if they take 5mg as standard in other countries?
Anyone with some factual knowledege? Thanks!

LurkyLurkerMcLurkface Tue 25-Oct-16 13:57:39

You take 5mg if you have risk factors for needing a higher folic acid dose; BMI >30, neural tube defect in the family, on anti epilepsy meds etc. Have a look on the NHS website as I think they have a page

furryminkymoo Wed 26-Oct-16 13:05:12

I was just taking pregnacare Conception support but the NHS fertility unit have put me on 5mg and have said to continue taking Pregnacare Pregnancy vits.

I am older (41) so maybe that is why they have suggested it but I don't think that taking more than 400 micrograms is harmful in anyway.

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