VITAMIN E [ALPHA TOCOPHEROL ACETATE]
As dietary supplement: Vitamin E deficiency resulting from impaired absorption Increased requirements due to diet rich in polyunsaturated fats For healthy hair & skin As an antioxidant Hemolytic anemia due to Vitamin E deficiency Therapeutic use: Cardiovascular disease Heavy metal poisoning Hepatotoxin poisoning Hemolytic anemia Oxygen therapy In nutritional deficiency states.
Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant in the body. Vitamin E protects polyunsaturated fatty acids (which are components of cellular membrane) and other oxygen-sensitive substances such as vitamin A & vitamin C from oxidation. In premature neonates irritability, edema, thrombosis and hemolytic anemia may be caused due to vitamin E deficiency. Creatinuria, ceroid deposition, muscle weakness, decreased erythrocyte survival or increased in vitro hemolysis by oxidizing agents have been identified in adults and children with low serum tocopherol concentrations.
Betterment of cardiovascular health: 400 IU-800 IU per day Deficiency syndrome in adults: 200 IU-400 IU per day Deficiency syndrome in children: 200 IU per day Thalassemia: 800 IU per day Sickle-cell anemia: 400 IU per day Betterment of skin & hair: 200 IU-400 IU per day (Topical use is also established for beautification) Chronic cold in adults: 200 IU per day
Vitamin E may impair the absorption of Vitamin A & function of Vitamin K and potentiates the effect of Warfarin.
No known contraindications found.
Overdosage (>1 gm) have been associated with minor side effects, including hypertension, fatigue, diarrhea and myopathy.
Vitamin E is safe in pregnancy and lactation, when used as recommended doses. Higher doses are not established.
It may increase the risk of thrombosis in some patients, such as those taking estrogens.
Keep in a dry place away from light and heat. Keep out of the reach of children.