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Vitamin E (Topical)

Generic name: vitamin e topical

Brand names: Vitec

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)


Mechanism of Action

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

Dosage and Administration

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

  • Discuss specific use of drug and side effects with patient as it relates to treatment. (HCAHPS: During this hospital stay, were you given any medicine that you had not taken before? Before giving you any new medicine, how often did hospital staff tell you what the medicine was for? How often did hospital staff describe possible side effects in a way you could understand?)
  • Patient may experience asthenia, dyspepsia, or diarrhea. Have patient report immediately to prescriber ecchymosis or hemorrhaging (HCAHPS).
  • Educate patient about signs of a significant reaction (eg, wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat). Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Patient should consult prescriber for additional questions.

Intended Use and Disclaimer: Should not be printed and given to patients. This information is intended to serve as a concise initial reference for healthcare professionals to use when discussing medications with a patient. You must ultimately rely on your own discretion, experience and judgment in diagnosing, treating and advising patients.

Source: Wolters Kluwer Health. Last updated April 17, 2019.