Vitamin E (Alpha-tocopherol)


  • Vitamin


  • Dietary supplement; fat-soluble vitamin


  • Vitamin E deficiency

  • Antioxidant

  • Development of heme (red blood cells), steroids and collagen


  • Do not administer intravenously.


  • Pregnancy category A

  • Potency is expressed in the form of International Units (IU)

  • Patients may develop hypervitaminosis E with excessive dosages.  Symptoms of hypervitaminosis E are fatigue, weakness, nausea, headache, blurred vision, flatulence, and diarrhea.

  • Vitamin E may increase the effects of oral anticoagulants, possible bleeding may occur.

Adverse Reactions (Side Effects):

  • Relatively non-toxic in therapeutic doses


  • Dietary sources: vegetable oils, green vegetables (broccoli), whole grains, wheat germ, nuts

  • Administered in oral soft gelatin capsules and oral solution and drops

  • Dietary supplementation (RDA: recommended daily allowance):

    • Adult males: 15 IU per day

    • Adult females: 12 IU per day

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