Why is this medication prescribed?
When the amount of vitamin E consumed through diet is insufficient, vitamin E is taken as a dietary supplement. People with a restricted diet, those who have Crohn’s disease (a condition in which the body attacks the lining of the digestive tract and causes pain, diarrhoea, weight loss, and fever), those who have cystic fibrosis (an inborn disease that causes problems with breathing, digestion, and reproduction), and those who have gastrointestinal (GI) malabsorption issues are those who are most at risk for vitamin E deficiency (problems absorbing food). In people who are at risk owing to specific illnesses and circumstances, vitamin E is also used to treat vitamin E deficiency. Antioxidants are a group of drugs that includes vitamin E. The body need it to coagulate blood and strengthen the immune system. It functions as an antioxidant to defend your cells from free radical damage.
How should this medicine be used?
There are oral liquid drops, gel capsules, and capsules available for vitamin E. Typically, it is taken once daily, or as your doctor instructs. Although vitamin E is available over the counter, your doctor may prescribe it to address a few diseases. Carefully follow the instructions on the packaging, on the label of your product, or in your doctor’s instructions, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to clarify any instructions you do not understand. Exactly as prescribed, take vitamin E. Never take it in amounts or frequencies other than those advised by your doctor.
Both standalone and multivitamin supplements with vitamin E are available.
Other uses for this medicine
In some people, vitamin E is used in combination with other vitamins and minerals to lower their risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a chronic eye disease that impairs their ability to see straight ahead and may make it more difficult to read, drive, or carry out other daily activities.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking vitamin E,
- If you have an allergy to vitamin E, any other drugs, or any of the substances in vitamin E products, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any additional prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are now taking or intend to use. Mention any of the following: multivitamins, orlistat (Alli, Xenical), niacin combined with simvastatin (Flolipid, Zocor), additional vitamin E supplements, fortified meals, or anticoagulants (‘blood thinners’) such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven). Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
- Inform your doctor of any medical issues you now have or have ever had.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking vitamin E.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Effects of vitamin E could be negative. Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if any of these symptoms occur to you:
- Uncommon bruising or bleeding
Other negative effects of vitamin E are possible. If you experience any strange issues while using this vitamin, call your doctor.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it at ambient temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
Overdose symptoms could include:
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
Ask any inquiries you may have regarding vitamin E to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.
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