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Vitamin E (Topical)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2020.


(VYE ta min ee)

Index Terms

  • d-Alpha Tocopherol
  • dl-Alpha Tocopherol

Dosage Forms

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

Cream, External:

Gordons-Vite E: 1500 units/30 g (15 g, 75 g, 480 g, 2400 g)

Gel, External:

Natural Vitamin E Moisturizing: (237 mL) [contains methylparaben, polyethylene glycol]

Liquid, External:

Generic: 920 units/mL (28.5 mL, 57 mL, 114 mL)

Lotion, External:

Vitec: (113 g)

Xtra-Care: (2 mL [DSC], 59 mL [DSC], 118 mL [DSC], 237 mL [DSC], 621 mL [DSC], 1000 mL [DSC], 3840 mL [DSC])

Oil, External:

Vitamin E Beauty: 24,000 units/52 mL (52 mL); 49,000 units/52 mL (52 mL)

Generic: 28,000 units (29.5 mL)

Brand Names: U.S.

  • Gordons-Vite E [OTC]
  • Natural Vitamin E Moisturizing [OTC]
  • Vitamin E Beauty [OTC]
  • Vitec [OTC]
  • Xtra-Care [OTC] [DSC]

Pharmacologic Category

  • Vitamin, Fat Soluble


Prevents oxidation of vitamin A and C; protects polyunsaturated fatty acids in membranes from attack by free radicals and protects red blood cells against hemolysis

Use: Labeled Indications

Dermatological conditions: Temporary relief of minor skin disorders such as diaper rash, burns, sunburn and chapped or dry skin


Hypersensitivity to vitamin E or any component of the formulation

Dosing: Adult

Dermatological conditions: Topical: Apply a thin layer over affected area.

Dosing: Geriatric

Refer to adult dosing.

Dosing: Pediatric

Superficial dermatologic irritation: Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Topical: Apply a thin layer over affected area


Protect from light.

Drug Interactions

There are no known significant interactions.

Adverse Reactions

There are no adverse reactions listed in the manufacturer’s labeling.

Patient Education

What is this drug used for?

• It is used to moisturize skin.

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

• Asthenia

• Dyspepsia

• Diarrhea

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:

• Bruising

• Bleeding

• 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.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a limited summary of general information about the medicine's uses from the patient education leaflet and is not intended to be comprehensive. This limited summary does NOT include all information available about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. For a more detailed summary of information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine, please speak with your healthcare provider and review the entire patient education leaflet.

Further information

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