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Review: could Folic acid cause Irritable bowel syndrome?

We study 84,079 people who have side effects while taking Folic acid from FDA and social media. Among them, 160 have Irritable bowel syndrome. Find out below who they are, when they have Irritable bowel syndrome and more.

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Folic acid

Folic acid (latest outcomes from 84,732 users) has active ingredients of folic acid. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis.

Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (latest reports from 71,139 patients) has been reported by people with acne, osteoporosis, depression, osteopenia, high blood pressure.

On Aug, 22, 2014: 84,075 people reported to have side effects when taking Folic acid. Among them, 160 people (0.19%) have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. They amount to 0.22% of all the 71,122 people who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome on eHealthMe.

Trend of Irritable bowel syndrome in Folic acid reports

Time on Folic acid when people have Irritable bowel syndrome * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Irritable bowel syndrome40.00%40.00%20.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Age of people who have Irritable bowel syndrome when taking Folic acid * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Irritable bowel syndrome0.00%0.73%4.38%6.57%16.06%8.03%33.58%30.66%

Severity of Irritable bowel syndrome when taking Folic acid ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Irritable bowel syndrome ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis (38 people, 23.75%)
  2. Osteoporosis (16 people, 10.00%)
  3. Breast cancer (13 people, 8.12%)
  4. Pain (12 people, 7.50%)
  5. Anxiety (12 people, 7.50%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Xanax (53 people, 33.12%)
  2. Lasix (46 people, 28.75%)
  3. Zometa (44 people, 27.50%)
  4. Aredia (43 people, 26.88%)
  5. Methotrexate (36 people, 22.50%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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    You may have seen from my other posts that I am a lawyer in Ontario, Canada who has been speaking with a number of people who have suffered side-effects from Aldara, so I can get the word out through the media about this medication.

    Your symptoms sound just terrible. I may not be able to help you if you are not in Canada somewhere, but I may be able to find a lawyer for you in your area if you are interested in contacting me: aoakley@oakleylegal.com

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  • From this study (1 week ago):

  • I've been diagnosed with sero-negative rheumatoid arthritis. I have only tested minimally positive on the anti-CCP test and had a slightly high SED rate. My most recent tests showed some slight elevation in some RA marker tests, but nothing really significant. My rheumatologist is now doubting whether I have RA or some other pain syndrome going on.

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    IHateRA on Jul, 22, 2014:

    My first RA Dr. put me on Plaquenil, it seemed to work for six months, then stopped - I thought the dose would be adjusted but it wasn't, so I went to another RA Doc - C-RP wasn't too high, sero neg. Was put on methotrexate - I ended up with a mouth sore the NEXT day, then bumps started appearing on my face, like zits, but NOT zits. I didn't touch them, but they ulcerated, left me full of scars on face, legs, etc - I have been OFF methotrexate for 5 years AND still have the same problem along with a daily fever (100+) and severe sweating - I knew the bumps were a sign of being allergic to Methotrexate, I quit it right away, called Dr. to get in - they told me 3 months (I was an established patient). In terms of fever and sweating, the ONLY thing I have in common with some of these posts and drug lists is METHOTREXATE - I wouldn't allow a pet to take it. I seem to have more in common with a friend who as MS - but my reg. doc doesn't listen to that. I can't take bio. drugs (live in "fungal" region), so I take pain medicine - as little as possible, I guess the Methotrexate is STILL messing with my body. I have a very good acupuncturist - when I told him that my Doc. wasn't "sure" about RA, he poked me (lightly) with his finger in two places and ask which hurt more. He confirmed the RA as it travels on certain meridians in Chinese medicine. Had I picked a different spot for hurting more, then we would have to figure out what I really had. My joints are deteriorating but now I'm afraid of the drugs for RA, so I just put up with and manage the pain (which is extreme) with pain meds, cold therapy (I love my cryo-cuff), and acupuncture. I wish that the side effects of RA drugs weren't as bad as they are! Leaving Cymbalta, Lyrica, Plaquenil and Methotrexate (all at different times) OUT of my body made me realize that they did affect me - I was "foggy" and sluggish mentally but didn't really notice it until I quit them.

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