vitamin e, Aquasol E

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    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

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What is vitamin E-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin with antioxidant properties. Vegetable oils, eggs, fruit, green leafy vegetables, meat, fortified cereals, nuts, poultry, and whole grains are natural sources of vitamin E. Vitamin E scavenges free radicals that can damage cells and cause cancer, heart disease, and other conditions. Most people obtain enough vitamin E from their diet. However, people with liver disease, cystic fibrosis, and Crohn's disease may require vitamin E supplements.

What brand names are available for vitamin E-oral?

Aquasol, many others

Is vitamin E-oral available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for vitamin E-oral?

No

What are the uses for vitamin E-oral?

Vitamin E products are used for treating vitamin E deficiency.

What are the side effects of vitamin E-oral?

The common side effects of vitamin E are:

Possible serious side effects of vitamin E include:

  • Kidney problems
  • Bleeding
  • Stroke from bleeding in the brain
  • Enterocolitis in infants
  • Vitamin E may suppress antioxidants

Some studies suggest an increase in the risk of death from taking 400 IU/day or more of vitamin E.

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What is the dosage for vitamin E-oral?

The recommended dose for treating vitamin E deficiency is 60-75 IU/day.

Which drugs or supplements interact with vitamin E-oral?

High doses of vitamin E and anticoagulant or antiplatelet agents might increase the risk of bleeding because vitamin E blocks the ability of platelets to form clots and also blocks the effect of vitamin K-dependent clotting factors.

Is vitamin E-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

Intake of vitamin E within recommended daily allowance levels is safe to use during pregnancy.

Vitamin E is secreted in breast milk and is considered safe to use during breastfeeding.

What else should I know about vitamin E-oral?

What preparations of vitamin E-oral are available?

Capsule: 200, 400, 600, and 1000 units; Solution: 15 units/0.3 ml; Liquid: 400 units/15 ml

How should I keep vitamin E-oral stored?

Vitamin E should be stored at room temperature, 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F).

Reference: US National Library of Medicine Medline Plus; Medscape; Natural Medicines

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Reference: US National Library of Medicine Medline Plus; Medscape; Natural Medicines

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