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Pantothenic acid (vitamin b5)

Generic Name: pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) (pan-toe-then-ik AS-id)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) is used for:

Treating or preventing low levels of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) in the body.

Pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) is a vitamin B5 supplement. It works by replacing vitamin B5 when you do not get enough from foods.

Do NOT use pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in pantothenic acid (vitamin b5)

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

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Before using pantothenic acid (vitamin b5):

Some medical conditions may interact with pantothenic acid (vitamin b5). 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

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with pantothenic acid (vitamin b5). However, no specific interactions with pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) 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 pantothenic acid (vitamin b5):

Use pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) may be taken with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • Take pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) with a glass of water or other liquid.
  • If you miss taking a dose of pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) for 1 or more days, there is no cause for concern. If your doctor recommended that you take it, try to remember your dose every day.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use pantothenic acid (vitamin b5).

Important safety information:

  • Do not take large doses of vitamins (megadoses or megavitamin therapy) while taking pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) unless directed to by your doctor.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking pantothenic acid (vitamin b5), discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) during pregnancy. Pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using pantothenic acid (vitamin b5), check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of pantothenic acid (vitamin b5):

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 SEVERE side effects occur:

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. 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. Symptoms may include severe or persistent diarrhea.

Proper storage of pantothenic acid (vitamin b5):

Store pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about pantothenic acid (vitamin b5), please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) 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 pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) 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 pantothenic acid (vitamin b5). It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to pantothenic acid (vitamin b5). 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 pantothenic acid (vitamin b5).

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
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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