What is vitamin E?
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that occurs naturally in foods such as nuts, seeds, and leafy green vegetables. Vitamin E is important for many processes in the body.
Vitamin E is used to prevent and to treat a deficiency vitamin E. People with certain diseases may need extra vitamin E.
Vitamin E may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about vitamin E?
Before using vitamin E, tell your healthcare provider if you have liver disease, diabetes, active bleeding, a vitamin K deficiency, retinitis pigmentosa, chronic diarrhea, if you are being treated for cancer, or if you have a history of heart attack, stroke, blood clot, or recent surgery.
Do not use this product without a doctor's advice your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Your dose needs may be different during pregnancy or while you are nursing a baby.
Do not take vitamin E without a doctor's advice if you are using any type of medication to treat or prevent blood clots.
There are many other drugs that can interact with or be made less effective by vitamin E. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Stop taking vitamin E and call your doctor at once if you have any unusual bleeding or bruising, or if you feel like you might pass out.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking vitamin E?
Before using vitamin E, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider. You may not be able to take vitamin E if you have certain medical conditions.
You may need a dose adjustment or special tests if you have:
active or uncontrolled bleeding;
a vitamin K deficiency;
short bowel syndrome;
a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot;
if you have recently had surgery; or
if you are receiving cancer treatment (chemotherapy or radiation).
It is not known whether vitamin E is harmful to an unborn baby. Your dose needs may be different during pregnancy. Do not use this product without a doctor's advice if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using vitamin E.
It is not known whether vitamin E passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Your dose needs may be different while you are nursing. Do not use this product without a doctor's advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.