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CKD Stage 4 with Ankle Pain: Can I Take Folic Acid

CKD Stage 4 with Ankle Pain: Can I Take Folic AcidThe kidneys are responsible for producing urine, filtering wastes from the blood and maintaining normal levels of fluid and electrolytes. In CKD Stage 4, the kidneys are severely damaged and renal function declines in certain degree, excessive fluid accumulates in the body, resulting in ankle pain and swelling. In this case, is it ok to take folic acid?

Folic acid

Names of folate or vitamin B9 are often used interchangeably. It refers to a water-soluble B vitamin which can help prevent anemia and is necessary in the growth and division of new cells. In addition to being essential in the synthesis of DNA, this vitamin is also involved in the synthesis of the amino acid methionine.

Can I take folic acid with CKD Stage 4 with ankle pain?

Stage 4 CKD is severely reduced kidney function, 15-30% (eGFR 15-29ml/min/1.73m2). People with this kidney disease is suggested to take folic acid. The recommended dosage is 1.0 mg/day for patients on Dialysis and patients with kidney disease who are not on dialysis. Too much folic acid may trigger symptoms of a B12 deficiency. You can email us at for personalized suggestions.

While having sufficient nutrition is important for everyone, for individuals with CKD Stage 4, it is even more important to make good choices especially with respect to diet. Correct dietary choices may help preserve kidney function. The following article is helpful for your reference: Top 10 Diet Suggestions for Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease


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