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Generic Name
Vitamin E (Alpha tocopherol acetate)
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Risk Category
  • Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate risk on fetus.
  • Possibility of fetal harm seems appears remote.
The risk category will be C only if used in doses above the RDA.
FDA Pregnancy Risk Categories

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  • Tocopherols are fat soluble vitamin.
  • Recommended Dietary Allowance (rda) in pregnancy is 10 mg.
  • Used to prevent abortions and preterm labor without benefit.
  • Fetal Risk
    Fetal Risk
  • Crosses the placenta.
  • Premature infants with low vitamin E stores may develop hemolytic anemia, edema, reticulocytosis and thrombocytosis if not given vitamin E in the first months of life.
  • No well controlled data available, however, no fetal or maternal complications have been reported from vitamin E excess.
  • Supplementation up to the rda is recommended only for pregnant women with poor dietary intake.
  • Breast Feeding
    Breast Feeding
  • Excreted into milk.
  • Human milk is richer than cow’s milk in vitamin E.
  • RDA during lactation is 12 mg.
  • No adverse effects on infants reported if exposed to supplementation.
  • Unknown long term effects.
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