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Review: could Vitamin e cause Constipation?

Summary: Constipation could be caused by Vitamin e, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take Aspirin, and have Osteoporosis.

We study 16,290 people who have side effects while taking Vitamin e from FDA and social media. Among them, 488 have Constipation. Find out below who they are, when they have Constipation and more.

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Vitamin e

Vitamin e (latest outcomes from 16,462 users) has active ingredients of tocopherols and tocotrienols. It is often used in vitamin supplementation.

Constipation

Constipation (latest reports from 506,385 patients) has been reported by people with osteoporosis, pain, high blood pressure, depression, high blood cholesterol.

On Apr, 11, 2014: 16,323 people reported to have side effects when taking Vitamin e. Among them, 488 people (2.99%) have Constipation. They amount to 0.10% of all the 504,779 people who have Constipation on eHealthMe.

Trend of Constipation in Vitamin e reports

Time on Vitamin e when people have Constipation * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Constipation0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Constipation when taking Vitamin e * :

FemaleMale
Constipation64.99%35.01%

Age of people who have Constipation when taking Vitamin e * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Constipation0.45%0.00%0.91%0.23%3.17%10.66%14.29%70.29%

Severity of Constipation when taking Vitamin e ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Constipation0.00%50.00%0.00%50.00%

How people recovered from Constipation ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Osteoporosis (40 people, 8.20%)
  2. Pain (19 people, 3.89%)
  3. Depression (14 people, 2.87%)
  4. Parkinson's disease (13 people, 2.66%)
  5. Arthritis (11 people, 2.25%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (136 people, 27.87%)
  2. Ascorbic acid (109 people, 22.34%)
  3. Multi-vitamin (72 people, 14.75%)
  4. Lipitor (61 people, 12.50%)
  5. Synthroid (54 people, 11.07%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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On eHealthMe, Vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols) is often used for vitamin supplementation. Find out below the conditions Vitamin E is used for, how effective it is, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

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  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • carole ann on Nov, 11, 2011:

    I have had one treatment of alimta and carboplatin..I started the folic acid 7 days before and develped an occasional itch on top of head...now after being on it over two weeks the itch is unbearable..I believe it is the folic acid and am going to not take it today ... yesterday severe itch was less as I took it late..then hours after taking the folic acid it was severe again..please share info with me

    Reply

  • From this study (4 years ago):

  • I am a very active 63 year old woman. Most of my friends marvel at my energy level. (at least, they did until two months ago) Had breast cancer in 2001 with mastectomy and chemo.

    Developed chemo induced cardiomyopathy 7 years ago. Took beta blocker and ace inhibitor for a couple of years. E-F increased from 20 to 45%. Felt so good and didn't like the side-effects of emotional flatness and loss of libido (vaginal dryness) so stopped. Have felt really great until two months ago.

    Cardiomyopathy has returned in 2010. E-F is 35%. Shortness of breath, tired, not able to walk my 3 miles a day. I am usually a very active person, but this has slowed me down again.

    Am hoping that a return to the meds will help me boost my E-F back to 45%. Really don't like the side effects.

    Reply

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