Vitamin e - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Vitamin E is used as a supplement to treat and prevent vitamin E deficiency.

This medicine is also used for certain diseases that prevent the body from absorbing enough vitamin E from the diet such as cystic fibrosis (an inherited disorder that causes excessively thick and sticky mucus that can clog the lungs or intestines) and abetalipoproteinaemia (a rare inherited disorder that disrupts the normal absorption of fats and certain vitamins from the diet).

Vitamin E may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Vitamin E exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take it together with food or immediately after a meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.

This medicine is available as a capsule or as an oral suspension.

If you are taking the capsule, swallow it whole. Do not chew or open the capsule.

If you are taking the oral suspension, shake the bottle well before you take it to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure your dose.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • vitamin K deficiency
  • lesions that have the tendency to bleed e.g. stomach ulcers
  • history of haemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in the brain)
  • bleeding disorders
Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Vitamin E to a child. Children may be more sensitive to the side effects.

For as long as you are taking this medicine, you may need to have regular blood tests to check your body’s response to the medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have blood tests.
What side effects could I experience?
Vitamin E may cause any of the following side effects: nausea, stomach pain, diarrhoea, dizziness, headache, tiredness, blurred vision, and rash.

If you develop unusual bleeding or bruising, alert your doctor quickly. These could be signs of bleeding problems.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • blood-thinning medicines e.g. warfarin, aspirin, clopidogrel, ticlopidine
  • cholesterol-lowering medicines e.g. colestyramine, colestipol
  • orlistat (medicine for obesity)
  • birth control pills
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Vitamin E.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from light.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on vitamin e - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2024 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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