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Vitamin B2 (Supplement)

Last updated on July 29, 2019.

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GENERIC NAMES: Riboflavin / Vitamin B2


COMMON BRANDS OF VITAMIN B2 IN HONG KONG: Actionvit, B Complex 50, Centrum Junior, Nature’s Way

What is Vitamin B2 for?

Vitamin B2 is a vitamin that is important for converting the food you eat into energy. It also regulates cellular functions and drug metabolism in your body. The recommended daily dietary intake of Vitamin B2 for adults is 1.3 mg (men) and 1.1 mg (non-pregnant women). You should only take a Vitamin B2 supplement when you have a Vitamin B2 deficiency or are unable to take sufficient Vitamin B2 from your diet. Vitamin B2 deficiency is rare, but can cause hair loss, cracked lips, mouth sores, sore throat and itchy eyes. If you are a vegetarian, a person who consumes little milk or pregnant, you may be of high risks in getting Vitamin B2 deficiency.

How to use it?

Vitamin B2 is usually taken as part of a multivitamin or can be taken on its own as a supplement. The usual adult dose is one tablet (10-100 mg) once.

What are the side effects of Vitamin B2?

The side effect of taking Vitamin B2 supplement is that your urine might become yellow and orange in colour.

What are other sources of Vitamin B2?

Most people should obtain adequate amounts of Vitamin B2 from a healthy diet. Vitamin B2 is present in many foods including eggs, organ meats, milk and vegetables. 

Where to buy Vitamin B2 in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Vitamin B2 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

For detailed information about the use of Vitamin B2 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.