Vitamin E

Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Vitamin E deficiency
Adult: 40-50 mg of d-α tocopherol daily.
Child: Neonate: 10 mg/kg once daily; 1 mth-18 yr: 2-10 mg/kg/day, up to 20 mg/kg.

Adult: 50-100 mg/kg daily of dl-α-tocoferil acetate or about 33-67 mg/kg daily of d-α-tocopherol.
Child: Neonate: 100 mg/kg once daily; 1 mth-18 yr: 50-100 mg/kg once daily.

Supplementation in cystic fibrosis
Adult: 100-200 mg daily of dl-α-tocoferil acetate or 67-135 mg daily of d-α-tocopherol.
Child: As α- tocopheryl acetate: 1 mth-1 yr 50 mg once daily; 1-12 yr 100 mg once daily; 12-18 yr 200 mg once daily. Dose to be adjusted as needed.
Should be taken with food.
Adverse Reactions
Hypertension; myopathy; thrombophloebitis; fatigue, weakness, nausea, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, flatulence, diarrhoea, abdominal pain. Topical: Contact dermatitis.
Drug Interactions
Colestyramine, colestipol, and orlistat may interfere with vitamin E absorption. High doses of vitamin E potentiates the anticoagulant action of warfarin. Large doses of vitamin E may impair response to iron supplementation.
Description: Vitamin E is a general term used to refer to a large number of natural or synthetic compounds. Tocopherols are the most common compounds, of which alpha tocopherols are the most active and widely distributed in nature. Alpha tocopherols occur naturally in the d optical isomer form and is more active than the synthetic racemic dl form. d-α-tocopheryl acetate is the acetate ester of natural source d-α-tocopherol. Other naturally occurring tocopherols e.g. beta, gamma, and delta tocopherols are not used clinically. Tocotrienols are another group of compounds with vitamin E activity. Vitamin E, a fat soluble vitamin, reacts with free radicals and protects RBCs against haemolysis and polysaturated fatty acids in membranes against free radical attack.
Absorption: 20-80% (oral). Absorption depends on the presence of bile and on normal pancreatic function; decrease with increasing dose.
Distribution: Enters blood via the chylomicrons in the lymph; bound to β-lipoproteins. Widely distributed to all tissues. Stored in adipose tissue. Enters breast milk but crosses the placenta poorly.
Metabolism: Hepatic; converted to glucuronides of tocopheronic acid and its γ-lactone.
Excretion: Excreted mainly via bile into faeces and some into urine.
MIMS Class
Vitamins A, D & E
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