Vitamins are compounds needed for growth and health. They are required by the body in very small amounts and can be found in foods that we eat regularly. Vitamin E is a very essential vitamin and it helps in the prevention of chemical reactions which lead to production of oxidized products. The production of oxidized products always leads to the formation of compounds with harmful effects to the body. It is also necessary for the effective functioning of the nerves and muscles. The body may sometimes increase the need for vitamin E.
2 What to Know Before Using
This drug is available as supplements in diet without prescription. It is often found over the counter and is not a prescription drug. It is important that one reads all the precautions and instructions on the label. Before using these supplements, one needs to consider whether they have allergic reactions or have ever had an allergic reaction to these medicines.
It is necessary to inform your doctor if you have any form of unusual allergies to food, dyes, preservatives or animals and their products. Always for nonprescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully. In the case of children, there are no reported problems after intake of Vitamins E when taken in recommended amounts.
Also, checks with your medical doctor if your child is taking unfortified formula. It is shown that premature children have low levels of vitamin E. Sometimes, your medical professional may recommend a vitamin E supplement. In adults, there are no problems that have been reported with intake of normal recommended amounts.
In case of pregnancy; there are no studies in pregnant women that have shown an increased risk of fetal abnormalities. As for the breast feeding mothers, there are no adequate studies that determine the risk of using this medication during breastfeeding. The potential risks for use of the medicine during breast feeding have not been sufficiently demonstrated in studies. The risk for use of the vitamin supplement needs to be weighed against the potential benefits of the medicine during breast feeding. There are also potential interactions when used together with other medicines.
However, in many other cases, two different medicines may be used together even with th possibility of potential interaction. In such like cases, your medical doctor may change your dose or other precautions as may be necessary. Inform your medical doctor when using the vitamin E supplements. It is also important that you inform your doctor when taking any of the listed below.
The interactions are always on the basis of the potential significance and may not be all inclusive. Use of the supplements with any of the listed medicines is not recommended but may be required in some cases. When both of the medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may also change the dose or how frequent the medicine is used or both of the medicines. The medicine is referred to as dicumarol.
In addition, use of this dietary supplement may increase the risk of side effects when combined with any of the following medicines. In some cases, using both of the medicines may be the best treatment for you. When both of the medicines have been prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose, and how often you use the dose or both of the medicines. The drug in consideration is referred to as Warfarin.
There are other medicines that may not be used at or around times of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. It is not advisable to use alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines since they may cause interactions to occur. Always discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, tobacco.
Sometimes, medical problems may affect your use of this dietary supplement. It is necessary that your doctor is informed of these conditions. The most important medical condition to note is bleeding problems. It is known that use of vitamin E at doses greater than 800 units a day for longer periods may make these conditions worse.
The dose of this medicine will always vary from patient to patients. Always stick to your doctor’s prescription and direction as provided on the label. The information provided here only includes an average dose of the medicine. When the dose provided here is different from yours. Do no change it unless otherwise instructed or advised by your medical doctor.
The dose of medicine that you take is dependent on the strength of the medicine, number of doses to be taken every day, time allowed between doses, and length of time you are required to take the medicine which is controlled by the medical problem for which you are taking the medicine.
When using the oral dosage form in the prevention of deficiencies in infants using high formula of polyunsaturated fatty acids of 15-25 units per day or 7 units per 32 ounces of formula. Or infants with problems in the colon and consume 15-25 units per kilogram (kg) 6.8 to 11 units per pound) of body weight per day. The water soluble form of vitamins E must be used in this case. Infants of normal birth weights of 5 units per 32 ounces of formula.
In case of dosage forms of capsules, tablets, oral solutions. To reduce the deficiency for individuals other than infants, the amount of the medicine to be taken by mouth is based on the normal daily recommended doses.
For the U.S
Adults and teenage males 10 milligram(mg) of alpha tocopherol equivalents (mg alpha-TE) or 16.7 units per day.
Adult and teenage females 8 mg alpha-TE or 13 Units per day.
Pregnant females 10 mg alpha-TE or 16.7 Units per day.
Breast-feeding females 11 to 12 mg alpha-TE or 18 to 20 Units per day.
Children 4 to 10 years of age 7 mg alpha-TE or 11.7 units per day.
Children birth to 3 years of age 3 to 6 mg alpha-TE or 5 to 10 Units per day.
Adult and teenage males 6 to 10 mg alpha-TE or 10 to 16.7 units per day.
Adult and teenage females 5 to 7 mg alpha-TE or 8.3 to 11.7 units per day.
Pregnant females 8 to 9 mg alpha-TE or 13 to 15 units per day.
Breast-feeding females 9 to 10 mg alpha-TE or 15 to 16.7 units per day.
Children 7 to 10 years of age 6 to 8 mg alpha-TE or 10 to 13 Units per day.
Children 4 to 6 years of age 5 mg alpha-TE or 8.3 Units per day.
Children birth to 3 years of age 3 to 4 mg alpha-TE or 5 to 6.7 units per day.
In order to manage deficiency in adults, teenagers, and children; the dose used for treatments are determined by the prescriber based on the severity of the deficiency. When the dose is administered as an oral liquid of the dietary supplements. The preparation can be taken by mouth even when it comes in a dropper bottle. This can be used to deliver drops directly into the mouth or mixed with cereal, fruit juice or other sources of food.
In case of missed doses of the diet supplement, skip the missed dose and resume the regular dosing schedule. Never double the doses. Store the supplements in a closed container at room temperature and away from the heat, moisture, direct sunlight. Keep the medicine out of reach of children and dispose of the outdated medicine.
4 Precautions to Take
Regular visits for medical checkups by your doctor for evaluation of the blood problems and any other side effects must be performed when using this medicine. When the symptoms do not improve within the few days or if they become worse, check with your doctor. Using these drugs with other drugs such as erythromycin and sulfisoxazole may cause your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight than it is normally.
Moreover, exposure to sunlight, even for brief periods of time, may cause a skin rash, itching, redness or other discoloration of the skin, or severe sunburn. When you begin taking this medicine: Stay out of direct sunlight, especially between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., if possible. Wear protective clothing, including a hat. Also, wear sunglasses. Apply a sun block product that has a skin protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Some patients may require a product with a higher SPF number, especially if they have a fair complexion.
If you have any questions about this, check with your health care professional. Apply a sun block lipstick that has an SPF of at least 15 to protect your lips. Do not use a sunlamp or tanning bed or booth. If you have a severe reaction from the sun, check with your doctor. Erythromycin and sulfisoxazole combination may cause blood problems. These problems may result in a greater chance of infection, slow healing, and bleeding of the gums.
Therefore, you should be careful when using regular toothbrushes, dental floss, and toothpicks. Dental work should be delayed until your blood counts have returned to normal. Check with your medical doctor or dentist if you have any questions about proper oral hygiene (mouth care) during treatment.
5 Potential Side Effects
It is not common for all this side effects to occur. When they occur, they will need medical attention. Always check with your medical doctor as soon as possible of any of the conditions indicated above occur. When you notice any of the other side effects, check with your healthcare professionals.
Call your doctor for medical side effects. You may also report the side effects to FDA directly at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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