Vitamin E: Its Uses, Interactions And Nurse’s Responsibility

Vitamin E is an antioxidant and it is the name of a group of eight fat soluble vitamins,  known as tocepierols and tocotrienols. It is not only used when Vitamin E deficiency is noticed,  vitamin E is  rare and usually caused by an underlying problems with digesting fat.

Vitamin E dissolves in fat and it is food in many foods including vegetable oils,  cereals, meats,  eggs and wheat germ.

Dosage
Vitamin E is available in oral capsules,  oral solution,  compound powder,  oral liquid,  oral and topical oil.

The dosage varies with age,  severity of condition.
It is available in 1000IU and 1500U1for adults and smaller doses for children.

Uses
– Vitamin E is used to treat and prevent diseases of the heart,  blood vessels lncuding hardening of the arteries, heart attack,  chest pain,  high blood pressure.
– It is also used to prevent diabetes and its complications
– It helps in preventive lung and oral cancer in smokers
– Prevention of complications in late pregnancy due to high blood pressure, premenstrual syndrome, menopausal syndrome.
– Topical vitamin applied to the skin can keep it from aging

Contraindication
– Vitamin E cannot be used if a patient has vitamin k deficiency
– Bleeding disorders
– Diabetes
– Head and neck cancer
– Liver disease

Side effects
If vitamin e is taken in high doses, the higher the dose the greater the risk of side effects.  Research says taking 300-800IU of vitamin e can increase a patient’s it’s of having hemorrhagic stroke.

Below are the side effects of vitamin e
  – Nausea
  – Diarrhea
  – Rash
  – Dermatitis
  – Intestinal cramps

Interactions
– Vitamin e should not be used with iron replacement drugs like ferrous sulfate, ferrous gluconate and warfarin
– Alcohol may cause dizziness,  nausea, and it should not be taken with vitamin e

Nurse’s Responsibility 
  – Know the 7Rs of drug administration
  – When you notice any drug reaction,  inform the physician and drugs should be discontinued
  – Patient with heart disorder should be monitored closely,  to avoid stroke.
  – When you notice bleeding, it could be a drug reaction, it should be discontinued
  –  For out patient patients, explain chances of having drug reaction and dosage correctly to patient.

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Updated: January 11, 2019 — 10:20 pm

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