Vitamin E

Name: Vitamin E

What is vitamin E?

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that occurs naturally in foods such as nuts, seeds, and leafy green vegetables. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin important for many processes in the body.

Vitamin E is used to treat or prevent vitamin E deficiency. People with certain diseases may need extra vitamin E.

Vitamin E may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Before taking this medicine

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:

  • anemia (low red blood cells);

  • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder such as hemophilia;

  • liver disease;

  • kidney disease;

  • any allergies;

  • an eye disorder called retinitis pigmentosa;

  • a vitamin K deficiency;

  • high cholesterol or triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood);

  • a history of cancer;

  • a history of stroke or blood clot; or

  • if you need surgery, or have recently had surgery.

Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Your dose needs may be different during pregnancy or while you are nursing.

Your vitamin E dose needs may be different during pregnancy or while you are nursing.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, tiredness, blurred vision, or tiredness.

What should I avoid while taking vitamin E?

Avoid taking other vitamins, mineral supplements, or nutritional products without your doctor's advice.

If you also take orlistat (alli, Xenical), do not take it within 2 hours before or 2 hours after you take vitamin E.

Vitamin E dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Vitamin E Deficiency:

Treatment: 60 to 75 units orally once daily.
Prevention: 30 units orally once daily.

Usual Adult Dose for Tardive Dyskinesia:

600 to 1600 units orally per day.

Usual Adult Dose for Sickle Cell Anemia:

450 units orally per day.

Usual Adult Dose for Alzheimer's Disease:

1000 units orally twice daily.

Usual Adult Dose for Dietary Supplement:

Oral liquid formulation (AQUA-E): 200 units (10 mL) orally once daily.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Vitamin E Deficiency:

1 unit/kg/day orally of water-miscible vitamin E.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Retinopathy Prophylaxis:

Prevention of retinopathy of prematurity or Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) secondary to oxygen therapy: 15 to 30 units/kg/day to maintain plasma levels between 1.5 to 2 mcg/mL (may need as high as 100 units/kg/day). Note: AAP considers this use investigational and routine use is not recommended.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Cystic Fibrosis:

100 to 400 units/day orally.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Dietary Supplement:

Dosing: 1 unit vitamin E = 1 mg dl-alpha-tocopherol acetate.

Adequate Intake (AI):
1 to less than 6 months: 4 units daily
6 to less than 12 months: 5 units daily

Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA):
1 to 3 years: 6 units daily
4 to 8 years: 7 units daily
9 to 13 years: 11 units daily
13 years and Older: 15 units daily

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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