folic acid insights please

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 11/14/2006 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
hi everyone!
would like to know what is the folic acid for and is it like a vitamin that I can take everyday?  i have forgotten it completely.
i use to take this along w/ prednisone, methotrexate & plaquenil but stopped when i started taking a food supplement because i have improved a lot to the point that i never took pain reliever nor find a need to see my rheumy. i just want to make sure that i take the right dose since i still have a few left.
endometriosis 1997
RA 2003
previous meds:prednisone,plaquenil,methotrexate
presently taking fosamax,livial,calcium,MSM & food supplements

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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 11/14/2006 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Roza,  from what I understand mtx interrupts the folic acid pathways.  That's why when we're prescribed mtx, we're usually told to also take folic acid.  Taking the folic acid supplements will decrease the risk of side effects from the mtx.  If you're still taking mtx, I would recommend you ask your doctor about continuing the folic acid.  I wouldn't want to take mtx without the folic acid.  I don't believe folic acid has anything to do with pain killers.



Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan

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