Beta carotene/ ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/ vitamin e/ zinc/ copper/ lutein/ zeaxanthin

Generic Name: beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin (bay-ta KAR-oh-teen/as-KORE-bik AS-id/VYE-ta-min E/ZINK/KOP-er/loo-TEE-in/ZEE-uh-ZAN-thin)
Brand Name: Macutek Smooth Dissolve Tablets

Beta carotene/ ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/ vitamin e/ zinc/ copper/ lutein/ zeaxanthin is used for:

Dietary management of age-related macular degeneration in certain patients. It should only be used under the direction and supervision of a doctor.

Beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin is a medical food. It works by providing vitamins to meet nutritional requirements.

Do NOT use beta carotene/ ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/ vitamin e/ zinc/ copper/ lutein/ zeaxanthin if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin
  • you smoke or have a history of smoking

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using beta carotene/ ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/ vitamin e/ zinc/ copper/ lutein/ zeaxanthin:

Some medical conditions may interact with beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin. 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 breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you take large doses of vitamins (megadoses or multivitamin therapy)
  • if you have certain types of anemia (eg, pernicious anemia)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin. However, no specific interactions with beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use beta carotene/ ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/ vitamin e/ zinc/ copper/ lutein/ zeaxanthin:

Use beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Place the tablet in your mouth and let it dissolve. The tablet dissolves quickly and can be swallowed with saliva. Beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin may be taken with or without water.
  • You may chew beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin if you desire.
  • Take beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin by mouth with or without food.
  • Take beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. Taking beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin at the same time each day will help you remember to take it.
  • If you miss a dose of beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin.

Important safety information:

  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not take large doses of vitamins (megadoses or megavitamin therapy) while you use beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin has many vitamins (beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, copper, lutein, and zeaxanthin) in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has the same vitamins in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin while you are pregnant. It is not known if beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of beta carotene/ ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/ vitamin e/ zinc/ copper/ lutein/ zeaxanthin:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea, nausea, stomach upset, or cramping; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; 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. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin:

Store beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store in original packaging until just before use. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using beta carotene/ascorbic acid (vitamin c)/vitamin e/zinc/copper/lutein/zeaxanthin.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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