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Vitamin E

Last updated on July 3, 2019.

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GENERIC NAME: Vitamin E

CHINESE NAME: 維他命E

COMMON BRANDS IN HONG KONG: Antionvit, Alexan

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. Usual adult doses range from 100 to 400 international units (IU) per day.

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. 

Where to buy Vitamin E in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Vitamin E 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 http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

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.

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