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Folic Acid Deficiency (Folic Acid Deficiencies) Summary

Description: A nutritional condition produced by a deficiency of FOLIC ACID in the diet. Many plant and animal tissues contain folic acid, abundant in green leafy vegetables, yeast, liver, and mushrooms but destroyed by long-term cooking. Alcohol interferes with its intermediate metabolism and absorption. Folic acid deficiency may develop in long-term anticonvulsant therapy or with use of oral contraceptives. This deficiency causes anemia, macrocytic anemia, and megaloblastic anemia. It is indistinguishable from vitamin B 12 deficiency in peripheral blood and bone marrow findings, but the neurologic lesions seen in B 12 deficiency do not occur. (Merck Manual, 16th ed)

Also Known As: Folic Acid Deficiencies; Deficiency, Folic Acid; Acid Deficiencies, Folic; Acid Deficiency, Folic; Deficiencies, Folic Acid

Networked: 390 relevant articles (6 outcomes, 28 trials/studies) for this Disease

Key Drugs and Agents for Folic Acid Deficiency

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Drugs and Important Biological Agents (IBA) related to treatments:
  1. Vitamin B 12 (Cyanocobalamin) : 4 outcomes 12 studies in 112 results : FDA 47 Generic
  2. Folic Acid (Vitamin M) : 3 outcomes 3 studies in 79 results : FDA 50 Generic
  3. Iron : 2 outcomes 5 studies in 57 results : IBA
  4. Hemoglobins (Hemoglobin) : 2 outcomes 3 studies in 4 results : IBA
  5. Erythropoietin : 2 outcomes 2 studies in 5 results : FDA 1
  6. saccharated ferric oxide : 1 outcome 1 study in 1 result : FDA 1
  7. Vitamins : 1 outcome in 9 results : IBA
  8. Phenytoin (Dilantin) : 1 outcome in 9 results : FDA 9 Generic
  9. Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System (Cytochrome P450) : 1 outcome in 1 result : IBA
  10. hydroxyphenytoin : 1 outcome in 1 result : IBA
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Diseases Related to Folic Acid Deficiency

  1. Anemia
  2. Inflammation
  3. Atrophy
  4. Vitiligo
  5. Peripheral Nervous System Diseases (PNS Diseases)
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Key Therapies for Folic Acid Deficiency

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  1. Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) : 1 study in 1 result
  2. Drug Therapy (Chemotherapy) : 5 results
  3. Intensive Care (Surgical Intensive Care) : 1 result
  4. Kidney Transplantation : 1 result
  5. Bone Marrow Transplantation (Transplantation, Bone Marrow) : 1 result
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