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Vitamin E


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    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Alph-E [OTC];Alph-E-Mixed [OTC];Aqua Gem-ET [OTC];Aquasol E® [OTC];Aquavit-E [OTC] [DSC];d-Alpha GemsT [OTC];E-Gems® Elite [OTC];E-Gems® Plus [OTC];E-Gems® [OTC];E-Gem® Lip Care [OTC];E-Gem® [OTC];Ester-ET [OTC];Gamma E-Gems® [OTC];Gamma-E PLUS [OTC];High Gamma Vitamin E CompleteT [OTC];Key-E® Kaps [OTC];Key-E® Powder [OTC];Key-E® [OTC]
    • Mexican Brand Names: Eternal;Ixopolet
    • Pharmacologic Category: Vitamin, Fat Soluble

    • Vitamins are necessary for proper growth and good health.
    • Vitamin E is thought to protect the body from the harmful effects of a chemical reaction known as oxidation.
    • Vitamin E is a dietary supplement that helps the body with proper muscle and nerve function. Vitamins work best when given with a well-balanced diet.


    How to take

    • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
    • Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • A liquid (solution) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.
    • Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
    • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
    • Do not take a double dose or extra doses.


    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect capsules and tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.



    • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.


    • Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling tired or weak.
    • Diarrhea.
    • Belly pain.


    • Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
    • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Unusual bruising or bleeding.
    • Any rash.
    • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
    • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
    • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
    • Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.
    • Read the package insert for more details.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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