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Chromium (Supplement)

Last updated on 19/03/2021.

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DRUG CLASS: Trace mineral 

USED FOR: Chromium deficiency 

OTHER DRUGS IN THE SAME CLASS: Copper, Iron, Manganese, Phosphorus, Selenium, Zinc

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS: 200mcg, 500mcg (tablets)

What is Chromium for?

Chromium is one of the trace minerals like Selenium that regulates the body’s physiological functions. Chromium helps with improving insulin activity in order to maintain normal sugar and fat metabolism. The recommended daily dietary intake of Chromium for an adult is 35 mcg in men (19-50 years), 30 mcg in men (>50 years) and 25 mcg in non-pregnant women. A sufficient amount of Chromium intake can help reduce risks of diabetes mellitus, heart disease, and improve cognitive function.

You should only take a Chromium supplement when you have a Chromium deficiency or are unable to take sufficient Chromium from your diet. A poor diet and excessive sugar consumption can lead to Chromium deficiency. Symptoms of Chromium deficiency are similar to diabetes and include high blood sugars and tingling or nerve problems in the limbs.

How to use it?

Chromium supplements are available in oral dosage forms like tablets. 

There is no strict dosage for Chromium. You can take it according to the product’s label with adult dosages ranging from 50-400 mcg per day.

What are the side effects of Chromium?

No side effects have been reported.

Who should not take Chromium?

No specific situation or population in which Chromium should not be used have been reported.

Pharmacist Tips:

Most people should obtain adequate amounts of Chromium from a healthy diet. Chromium is present in many foods including fruits, vegetables, dairy products, processed and unprocessed meats, cereals and grains.

Common dosing schedule:
You can take Chromium supplements with or without food.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Chromium may interact with:
Chromium does not have significant drug interactions.

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Chromium in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Chromium supplements can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health. 

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Chromium in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.