Active folate helps your body stimulate blood flow and deliver essential nutrition to your nerves damaged by diabetes. For some people with diabetes, not having enough folate can lead to a worsening of complications over time.
Folic acid is not the same as the active folate found in METANX®. Unlike METANX®, non-prescription folic acid needs to be broken down (or activated) by your body before it can be used. Unfortunately, about 50% of all people have a compromised ability to complete this activation.
METANX® capsules taken twice daily can provide you with already-activated folate, so your body does not have to go through all the steps needed to benefit from it.
METANX® capsules work with or without pain-management products, providing the nutrients needed that can then allow your body to improve the health of nerves damaged by diabetes, so you have less pain and better sensation in your feet.
Pain medications only mask pain. METANX® capsules give your body the nutrients needed to help improve blood flow and work to help repair nerves. As a result of these nutrients, instead of just feeling better, your nerves damaged by diabetes can actually improve with METANX®.
Because diabetic nerve damage takes years to develop, your body will need time to start feeling the benefits of METANX®. It may take 2-3 months before you start feeling a difference.
Signs of improvement may actually include pain or tingling sensations in areas of your body where you felt numbness before (most likely in your feet and/or hands). These sensations may indicate that METANX® is addressing nutritional imbalances and improving the proper blood flow to facilitate nerve repair. Eventually, the pain and tingling may subside.
Do not stop taking METANX® without first talking to your doctor.
The side effects of METANX® are about the same as those of a placebo (a pill or liquid with no active medicine). In rare cases, METANX® may cause mild stomach upset or rash.
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