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Review: could Folic acid cause Back pain?

Summary: Back pain could be caused by Folic acid, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take Methotrexate, and have Rheumatoid arthritis.

We study 84,029 people who have side effects while taking Folic acid from FDA and social media. Among them, 2,175 have Back pain. Find out below who they are, when they have Back pain and more.

On Apr, 12, 2014: 84,066 people reported to have side effects when taking Folic acid. Among them, 2,175 people (2.59%) have Back Pain. They amount to 0.33% of all the 668,169 people who have Back Pain on eHealthMe.

Trend of Back pain in Folic acid reports

Time on Folic acid when people have Back pain * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Back pain0.00%33.33%26.67%6.67%26.67%6.67%0.00%

Age of people who have Back pain when taking Folic acid * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Back pain0.00%0.44%1.32%5.21%6.47%15.45%23.01%48.11%

Severity of Back pain when taking Folic acid ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Back pain0.00%50.00%0.00%50.00%

How people recovered from Back pain ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis (507 people, 23.31%)
  2. Osteoporosis (229 people, 10.53%)
  3. Pain (194 people, 8.92%)
  4. Hypertension (143 people, 6.57%)
  5. Multiple myeloma (107 people, 4.92%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Methotrexate (658 people, 30.25%)
  2. Aspirin (538 people, 24.74%)
  3. Prednisone (456 people, 20.97%)
  4. Humira (380 people, 17.47%)
  5. Zometa (324 people, 14.90%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • K S Prakash on Apr, 6, 2011:

    Hi
    I used Lopid 300 mg once a day for about 3 to 3.5 months. My blood sugar levels rose...
    I stopped Lopid.
    Lopid also caused pain in the lower ribs, just above the stomach apart from muscle weakness.
    I stopped the drug and awaiting for improvement.

    Reply

    Fresno on Dec, 9, 2012:

    Over the past year, I have lost substantial muscle tone. Strength remains ok but significant change is hardness of muscles though my diet and workout routine remain the same. I stopped finasteride and continue to loss muscle tone. Have had blood work and other tests all negative. Any suggestions

    Reply

    william mcniff on Nov, 20, 2012:

    No one lost muscle tissue/weight during or after the BMT????Really??? I lost 75lbs during and after my BMT. 205 to 130lbs. I have no muscle mass at all.
    It has been over 4 years since my transplant and I still cannot rebuild the lost muscle. This is with
    testosterone shots weight training BCAA Whey protein
    creatine etc etc etc.
    I find it hard to believe muscle wasting did not occur with other patients.

    Fraud!!!!

    Reply

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