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Folate deficiency

Also known as Folic Acid Deficiency

Folate deficiency is a lack of folic acid in the diet and the signs are often subtle. Folate deficiency anemia is the medical name given for the condition.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with folate deficiency, 48% report having shortness of breath, 37% report having sharp chest pain, and 31% report having weakness. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of folate deficiency are vomiting blood and melena, although you may still have folate deficiency without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with folate deficiency often receive hematologic tests, complete blood count, electrolytes panel, glucose measurement, urinalysis, kidney function tests, electrocardiogram and plain x-ray .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with folate deficiency include vitamin b 12, folic acid, pioglitazone (actos), darbepoetin alfa (aranesp), nebivolol (bystolic), epoetin alfa (procrit), fosinopril, doxazosin, hydralazine / hydrochlorothiazide, opium, butalbital (g-1), clomipramine and ceftazidime .

Vitamin B 12
$6
(28 days)
Folic Acid
$3
(28 days)
Pioglitazone (Actos)
$184
(28 days)
Darbepoetin Alfa (Aranesp)
$1004
(21 days)
Nebivolol (Bystolic)
$51
(28 days)
Epoetin Alfa (Procrit)
$804
(21 days)
Fosinopril
$15
(28 days)
Doxazosin
$8
(28 days)
Opium
$704
(28 days)
Butalbital (G-1)

Clomipramine
$25
(28 days)
Ceftazidime
$199
(7 days)

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for folate deficiency include age 75+ years. On the other hand, age 1-4 years almost never get folate deficiency.

Age

< 1 years
0.5x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.3x
15-29 years
0.5x
30-44 years
0.5x
45-59 years
1.2x
60-74 years
1.3x
75+ years
3.7x

Sex

Male
0.9x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.4x
Hispanic
0.6x
White
1.0x
Other
1.1x
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