Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Lutein


Last updated on 02/08/2021.

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BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Lutein-Vision, Super-Vision

DRUG CLASS: Supplements

SUB CLASS: Carotenoids

USED FOR: Dietary supplementations

– 2mg, 10mg (capsules)
– 10mg, 20mg, 40mg (softgels)

What is Lutein for?

Lutein is an antioxidant that belongs to the carotenoids family. It makes up the yellow, red, and orange colours found in fruits, vegetables, and other plants such as carrots. Lutein is good for the eyes and helps to prevent eye diseases like cataracts. Long-term lutein intake may be effective in treating macular degeneration, or vision loss in old age.

A healthy diet should provide adequate amounts of Lutein to healthy children and adults. Although Lutein is yellowish in color, leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach, lettuce and collard greens contain the most Lutein (their green chlorophyll masks the yellow pigment). Some people may also take Lutein supplements.

How to use it?

Lutein is available in capsules or softgels for oral use. It can be taken with or without food. Do not take more than 20 mg each day.

Prophylaxis of age-related macular degeneration
6-12mg daily.

Age-related macular degeneration
10-12mg daily.

Prophylaxis of cataracts
6-12mg daily.

Take 15mg three times per week.

What are the side effects of Lutein?

There are no known side effects of Lutein.

Who should not take Lutein?

– People allergic to any component of the formulation
Pregnant or breastfeeding women

Pharmacist Tips:

– Consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking Lutein supplements, especially if you have eye diseases.
– Lutein cannot replace any eye disease medications. If you are taking eye disease medications, you should continue to take them even if you are taking Lutein.

Common dosing schedule:
Take with food for better absorption. Try to take it at the same time each day.

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

Some common medications Lutein may interact with:
Lutein has no known interactions with common medications.

Where to buy Lutein in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Lutein is an over-the-counter medicine and 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 Lutein 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.