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Folic acid doses questioned

7th November 2008

A study of nearly 2,000 women by researchers in the UK has raised questions about the recommended folic acid levels for women planning pregnancy who take anti-epileptic medication.

The research showed that of women who took folic acid before or during pregnancy there were "76 major congenital malformations (MCM) and eight neural tube defects compared to 53 MCM and eight neural tube defects in 2,375 women who reported to receive the supplement later in pregnancy or not at all."

 

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