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Vitamin E

Last updated on 18/03/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Vitamin E 

CHINESE NAME: 維他命E

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Actionvit, Bodywise Biotax-E, Charossa

DRUG CLASS: Vitamin (fat soluble) 

USED FOR: Dietary supplementation for Vitamin E deficiency

OTHER DRUGS IN THE SAME CLASS: Vitamin A, Vitamin D3

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS: 400 IU, 1000 IU (softgels)

What is Vitamin E for?

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that can be found in green vegetables and nuts. It is an antioxidant which is important for various metabolic processes in your body. Vitamin E is most commonly used as a supplement to treat vitamin E deficiency. The recommended dietary allowance for those without vitamin E deficiency is 15 mg daily.

How to use it?

Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) can be taken by mouth as tablets or capsules.

What are the side effects of Vitamin E?

Vitamin E has very few side effects. If you experience any side effects from vitamin E, speak with your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Who should not take Vitamin E?

People who have an allergy or hypersensitivity to Vitamin E or any component of the preparation.

Pharmacist Tips:

It is always highly recommended to get nutrients like Vitamin E from natural sources first, such as almonds, peanuts, pumpkins, and avocados

Pay attention to the amount of Vitamin E in different products as it can vary. Taking too much Vitamin E may lead to side effects, for example nausea, diarrhea, rash, and bleeding. 

Common dosing schedule:
Vitamin E activity is commonly expressed as international units (IU). Take according to the instruction of the product. Usual adult doses range from 100 to 400 international units (IU) per day.

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

Some common medications Vitamin E may interact:
– Agents with antiplatelet properties (e.g. Aspirin)
– Anticoagulants (e.g. Warfarin)
– Cyclosporine
– Orlistat 

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

Where to buy Vitamin E in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Vitamin E is an over-the-counter medicine which 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 https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk/

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Vitamin E 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.