Livogen 15 Tablet
Uses :Folic acid Folic acid is a form of vitamin B which is obtained from the fruits and vegetables. It helps to prevent changes in the DNA that can lead to cancer. Folic acid, as a medicine is used to treat folic acid deficiency in the human body. It is used in the treatment of anemia of certain types . In combination with other drugs, it is used to treat pernicious anemia. Ferrous fumarate Ferrous fumarate is a type of iron which is usually obtained from the foods. It is required for carrying oxygen to the tissues. Ferrous fumarate in the drug form is used for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia.
Mode of drug action
Folic acid Folic acid gets converted to tetrahydrofolate in the human body. Tetrahydrofolate helps in the normal production of red blood cells, amino acids, DNA components and other molecules. Ferrous fumarate In the human body, ferrous fumarate releases the form of iron, which helps in the synthesis of hemoglobin required for carrying oxygen.
What are the common side effects?
Folic acid The common side effects of folic acid include a metallic taste in the mouth, loss of appetite, nausea, confusion, sleep disturbance, and irritation. It can lead to serious but less common side effects such as allergic reactions. Ferrous fumarate The common side effects of ferrous fumarate are constipation, diarrhea, stomach upset or cramps, black stools (harmless). Rarely, allergic reactions such as itching, rash, swelling, trouble breathing, etc. may develop.
Pregnancy: Safe under medical guidance Breast feeding: Safe under medical guidance Alcohol: Unsafe Kidney dysfunction: Caution required Liver dysfunction: Caution required
Special precautions for safe use
• Individuals who had allergic reactions to ferrous fumarate and folic acid tablets in the past, should not take Livogen tablet.
• Before taking the Livogen medicine, alcoholic abusers, patients with liver or kidney disease, porphyria (a disorder of the skin and nervous system), infections, and those who undergo frequent blood transfusions should inform a doctor.
• Pregnant and nursing women should inform a doctor before using Livogen to ensure safety of their baby. Dosage adjustments may be necessary for such women to get maximum Livogen tablet benefits.
• Do not use this medicine if conditions such as iron overload syndrome or thalassemia are present.
• Take a doctor’s advice before giving this drug to a child. This is to avoid the Livogen side effects which are more likely to occur in young children.
• Before taking any other drug along with Livogen, take a doctor’s opinion. This helps to avoid unwanted interactions between the co-administered drugs.
What else should I know?
1. How to take folic acid tablets? You may take folic acid tablets with or without food, and with a glass of water.
2. How to identify if I had an overdose with folic acid? If you have taken a large dose of folic acid, it can produce symptoms such as numbness, tingling, weakness, confusion, mouth or tongue pain. Immediately seek medical help in case you notice these symptoms.
3. What is the dose of folic acid for pregnant women? The usual dose of folic acid in pregnant women is about 800 micrograms per day taken orally or as an injection. However, talk to a doctor who will decide the appropriate dose for you.
4. Can I take alcohol while using folic acid? It is always advisable not to drink alcohol. However, if you cannot avoid doing so, you may need a higher dose of folic acid which will be decided by your physician.
5. What should I do if I miss taking a dose of folic acid? In case you forget taking a dose of folic acid, take it as soon as you remember. But if it almost time for your next scheduled dose, then you must skip the missed dose and take the next dose at its regular time. This helps to avoid doubling of the dose. Ferrous fumarate
1. How to take ferrous fumarate tablets? Take the tablets one to two hours before food (on an empty stomach) with a glass of water. This helps in better absorption of the drug. Do not take antacids, caffeine, tea or any dairy products at least for two hours after taking ferrous fumarate.
2. What should I do if I take an overdose of ferrous fumarate? If you have taken an overdose of ferrous fumarate, then you may develop symptoms such as stomach pain, vomiting, shallow breath, blue lips, cold and clammy skin. Call up for an immediate medical attention.
3. What should I avoid while taking ferrous fumarate? You should not take vitamin or mineral supplements or antacids without a doctor’s prescription.
4. What should I do if I have swelling of face or lips with ferrous fumarate? Swelling of face or lips with ferrous fumarate can be a sign of serious allergic reaction. You must get immediate medical help.
5. I have black stools while taking ferrous fumarate. Do I need to worry about this? Appearance of black colored stools is a common side effect of ferrous fumarate. However, you need not worry about this because it is harmless.