A rash around neck and chest from taking folic acid

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  1. Diggydog

    Diggydog 1 angel, Mummy & WTT

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    Hi girls,

    Just popping in to ask has anyone esle had side effects from taking folic acid?

    Since July i have had a rash come up on my chest and not go away and then since september when i fell pregnant and started taking them every morning without fail the rash spread around my neck and collar bones.

    I had a mm/c start of december and i stopped taking it and realised my rash has near enough gone! Then i realised it was July when i started taking folic acid when i was preparing to TTC. So it must of been the folic acid.

    Has anyone esle suffered this? I want to start TTC again soon so really should be taking it again now.

    maria xx
     
  2. kmac625

    kmac625 Mom to baby Clara

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    I've never heard of this before but I would ask my doctor about it if I were you.
     
  3. Crypto1976

    Crypto1976 Guest

    Why not try to get what you need via diet and not suffer the sideeffect of the tablets? I would also mention it to your gp. XXX
     
  4. rachelrhin0

    rachelrhin0 Pregnant with #1 and 3

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    I've never had this. But I'm pretty sure that folic acid doesnt carry side effects. Let me see what I can find online.

    Here is what I found.

    Side Effects of Folic Acid - for the Consumer
    Folic Acid
    All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with Folic Acid. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Folic Acid:

    Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site.


    Folic Acid XTRA
    All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with Folic Acid XTRA . Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Folic Acid XTRA:

    Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); feeling of swelling of the entire body; numbness or tingling of the skin.


    Folic Acid with Vitamin B6 and B12
    All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Folic Acid with Vitamin B6 and B12:

    Diarrhea; drowsiness.

    Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Folic Acid with Vitamin B6 and B12:
    Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); difficulty grasping with your hands; difficulty walking; itching, tingling, or numbness of fingers or toes; loss of muscle coordination.


    Folic Acid/Vitamin B6/Vitamin B12/Omega-3 Acids/Phytosterols
    All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with Folic Acid/Vitamin B6/Vitamin B12/Omega-3 Acids/Phytosterols. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Folic Acid/Vitamin B6/Vitamin B12/Omega-3 Acids/Phytosterols:

    Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); feeling of swelling of the entire body; numbness or tingling of the skin.


    Folic Acid Capsules
    All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with Folic Acid Capsules. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Folic Acid Capsules:

    Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).


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    Folic Acid Side Effects - for the Professional
    Folic Acid
    Allergic sensitization has been reported following both oral and parenteral administration of Folic Acid.

    Folic Acid is relatively nontoxic in man. Rare instances of allergic responses to Folic Acid preparations have been report ed and have included erythema, skin rash, itching, general malaise, and respiratory difficulty due to bronchospasm. One patient experienced symptoms suggesting anaphylaxis following injection of the drug. Gastrointestinal side effects, including anorexia, nausea, abdominal distention, flatulence, and a bitter or bad taste, have been reported in patients receiving 15 mg Folic Acid daily for 1 month. Other side effects reported in patients receiving 15 mg daily include altered sleep patterns, difficulty in concentrating, irritability, overactivity, excitement, mental depression, confusion, and impaired judgment. Decreased vitamin B12 serum levels may occur in patients receiving prolonged Folic Acid therapy. In an uncontrolled study, orally administered Folic Acid was reported to increase the incidence of seizures in some epileptic patients receiving phenobarbital, primidone, or diphenylhydantoin. Another investigator reported decreased diphenylhydantoin serum levels in folate-deficient patients receiving diphenylhydantoin who were treated with 5 mg or 15 mg of Folic Acid daily.
     
  5. Tegans Mama

    Tegans Mama home edding mum of 2

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    It might just the specific tablet you are taking. You can also get it in liquid form. I would see your doctor, because Folic Acid is very important.
     

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