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I Have Hiv Can I Take Folic Acid

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The Well Project

Women, Anemia and HIV/AIDS

...left untreated, anemia is strongly associated with HIV disease progression and an increased risk of death. What Causes Anemia? There are many possible causes of anemia, including: A shortage of the B vitamins: B12 and folic acid (folate) A shortage of iron, which is most commonly due to blood loss from internal bleeding, frequent nosebleeds, or heavy or long menstrual periods HIV infection itself Many opportunistic infections...
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hi i was wondering if it is safe to take a multivitamin with my hiv meds which are sustiva & truvada. also would like to buy a multivitamin that contains the right amount of folic acid for me as i am planning a pregnancy in the near future which i...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...your post.It is entirely safe to take a standard multivitamin and your HIV medications. Typical multivitamins contain enough folic acid; if your unsure, I'd review your medications and supplements with your doctor.Best of health,BY Read more »


Hi! Is folate the same as folic acid, and should an HIV+ female get more than the normal recommendation?? thanks.
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
Basically yes and yes. Folate is particularly important to avoid birth defects and you should take some! You are welcome! DTD Read more »

Effects of Cozole

My maid has been on this drug since HIV diagnosis, and says she doesn't feel right without it. The local clinic is out of stock and have given her Folic Acid. She says her head pounds. Why does the Cozone make her feel good? Thanks
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...If that is cozol, this is an antibiotic used in HIV to protect people from getting serious infections. You have not provided sufficient information as to the status (where on the Read more »


what kind of anemia problems does aids and hiv cause?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...malignancies that can cause anemia, such as TB, MAC, CMV and Parvovirus B19.3.Nutritional deficiencies such as iron, vitamin B12 and folic acid.4.HIV itself. Chronic infection with HIV can lead to "anemia of chronic disease," a condition caused... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Vitamins and Minerals

...B Vitamins: Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin), and Folate (Folic Acid). Antioxidants , including beta-carotene (the body breaks down beta-carotene to make Vitamin A), selenium,... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


...groups. What Causes Anemia? The bone marrow produces red blood cells. This process requires iron, the vitamins B 12 and folic acid (or folate). Erythropoietin (EPO) stimulates the production of red blood cells. EPO is a hormone made by the... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

...However, a high MCV can indicate megaloblastic anemia, where red blood cells are large and pale. This is caused by a shortage of folic acid. While the MCV measures the average size of red blood cells, the RDW (Red Blood Cell Distribution Width) ... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

You Can Have a Healthy Pregnancy if You Are HIV Positive

...(prenatal vitamins are different from regular multivitamins; make sure you get the right one) taking 1 to 5 milligrams of folic acid once a day for one to three months before getting pregnant and during your pregnancy getting 1,500... Read more »
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