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Pantothenic Acid

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 17, 2024.


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Index Terms

Dosage Forms

Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling. [DSC] = Discontinued product

Capsule, Oral:

Panto-250: 250 mg

Tablet, Oral:

Generic: 100 mg, 200 mg, 500 mg

Tablet, Oral [preservative free]:

Generic: 500 mg [DSC]

Brand Names: U.S.

Pharmacologic Category


Pantothenic acid is required for the synthesis and maintenance of coenzyme A.


Absorbed in the intestine


Hydrolyzed in the intestine to coenzyme A



Use: Labeled Indications

Dietary supplement

Dosing: Adult

OTC labeling: Dietary supplement: One tablet daily

Dosing: Geriatric

Refer to adult dosing.

Dietary Considerations

Dietary adequate intake (AI) (IOM 1998):

1 to 6 months: 1.7 mg/day

7 to 12 months: 1.8 mg/day

1 to 3 years: 2 mg/day

4 to 8 years: 3 mg/day

9 to 13 years: 4 mg/day

≥14 years: 5 mg/day

Pregnancy: 6 mg/day

Lactation: 7 mg/day

Drug Interactions

There are no known significant interactions.

Pregnancy Considerations

Water soluble vitamins cross the placenta (IOM, 1998).

Patient Education

What is this drug used for?

• This vitamin is used to prevent or treat pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) deficiency.

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

• Severe nausea

• Severe vomiting

• Severe diarrhea

• Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Talk to your doctor if you have questions.

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Further information

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