Generic Name: vitamin E
- What is vitamin E?
- What are the possible side effects of vitamin E?
- What is the most important information I should know about vitamin E?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking vitamin E?
- How should I take vitamin E?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking vitamin E?
- What other drugs will affect vitamin E?
- Where can I get more information?
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.
What are the possible side effects of vitamin E?
Stop taking vitamin E and call your doctor at once if you have:
- headache, dizziness, vision changes;
- a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
- unusual weakness or tired feeling;
- diarrhea, stomach cramps; or
- easy bruising or bleeding (nosebleeds, bleeding gums).
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about vitamin E?
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking vitamin E?
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.
Your vitamin E dose needs may be different during pregnancy or while you are nursing.
How should I take vitamin E?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Vitamin E works best if you take it with food.
Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Artificially sweetened liquid medicine may contain phenylalanine. Check the medication label if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
The recommended dietary allowance of vitamin E increases with age. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions. You may also consult the Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Institutes of Health, or the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Nutrient Database (formerly "Recommended Daily Allowances") listings for more information.
If you need surgery or a medical procedure, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using vitamin E. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking vitamin E?
What other drugs will affect vitamin E?
Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with vitamin E, especially:
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with vitamin E, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about vitamin E.
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