What Types of Drugs May Interact with Vitamin E

What Types of Drugs May Interact with Vitamin E?

• Cholesterol-lowering medications that reduce fat absorption can lower vitamin E absorption by the intestines.

• Anticonvulsant drugs may reduce blood levels of vitamin E.

Vitamin E Supplements

• Vitamin E can help combat disease in those who are carriers of alpha-tocopherol transfer protein mutant genes, fat malabsorption syndrome, chronic cholestasis, cystic fibrosis, and Crohn's disease.

• Vitamin E can also delay the onset of chronic steatorrhea, such as celiac disease and chronic pancreatitis. Safety Issues

• Blood-thinning effect. High-dose vitamin E can induce a blood- thinning effect and add to the risk of stroke. Patients who take blood-thinning drugs are particularly vulnerable to this effect of vitamin E.

• Diabetes. Supplementation with high-dose vitamin E may lead to uncontrollable blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes.

• Chemotherapy. Cancer patients who receive chemotherapy should not take vitamin E supplements until they complete their treatment.

• Shortened life. Supplementation with high-dose vitamin E could shorten the life-span of elderly people who are in poor health.

• Blood clotting. Supplementation with high-dose vitamin E may interfere with the blood-clotting activity of vitamin K.

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