What is Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) used for?
Vitamin B5, also called pantothenic acid, is a supplement which is commonly used for treating or preventing low levels of pantothenic acid in the body. It is important for our body to properly use carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids and for healthy skin.
How should I take Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)?
- Use pantothenic acid as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Pantothenic acid may be taken with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- Take pantothenic acid with a glass of water or other liquid.
- Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use pantothenic acid.
How do I store Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)?
Vitamin B5 is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Vitamin B5 in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Vitamin B5 that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Vitamin B5 down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)?
Some medical conditions may interact with pantothenic acid. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
- If you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement.
- If you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances.
Do not use pantothenic acid if you are allergic to any ingredient in pantothenic acid.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
If you become pregnant while taking pantothenic acid, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using pantothenic acid during pregnancy.
Pantothenic acid is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breastfeeding while you are using pantothenic acid, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
What side effects can occur from Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)?
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no common side effects have been reported with this product.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these side effects occur such as severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider.
What drugs may interact with Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)?
Vitamin B5 may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)?
Vitamin B5 may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)?
Vitamin B5 may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid).
What is the dose of Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) for an adult?
As a dietary supplement: 5-10 mg of pantothenic acid.
- Men and women 14 years and older: 5 mg
- Pregnant women: 6 mg
- Breastfeeding women: 7 mg
What is the dose of Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) for a child?
Recommended daily intakes of pantothenic acid are as follows:
- Infants 0-6 months: 1.7 mg
- Infants 7-12 months: 1.8 mg
- Children 1-3 years: 2 mg
- Children 4-8 years: 3 mg
- Children 9-13 years: 4 mg
How is Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) available?
Vitamin B5 is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Tablet: 100mg, 200mg, 500mg
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Vitamin B5, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017