Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Merative, Micromedex®


The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral solution dosage form:
    • To prevent the following deficiencies in infants:
      • Infants receiving a formula high in polyunsaturated fatty acids—15 to 25 Units per day or 7 Units per 32 ounces of formula.
      • Infants with certain colon problems—15 to 25 Units per kilogram (kg) (6.8 to 11 Units per pound) of body weight per day. The water-soluble form of vitamin E must be used.
      • Infants of normal birthweight—5 Units per 32 ounces of formula.
  • For oral dosage forms (capsules, tablets, oral solution):
    • To prevent deficiency for individuals (other than infants), the amount taken by mouth is based on normal daily recommended intakes:

      For the U.S.

      • Adult and teenage males—10 milligrams (mg) of alpha tocopherol equivalents (mg alpha-TE) or 16.7 Units per day.
      • Adult and teenage females—8 mg alpha-TE or 13 Units per day.
      • Pregnant females—10 mg alpha-TE or 16.7 Units per day.
      • Breast-feeding females—11 to 12 mg alpha-TE or 18 to 20 Units per day.
      • Children 4 to 10 years of age—7 mg alpha-TE or 11.7 Units per day.
      • Children birth to 3 years of age—3 to 6 mg alpha-TE or 5 to 10 Units per day.

      For Canada

      • Adult and teenage males—6 to 10 mg alpha-TE or 10 to 16.7 Units per day.
      • Adult and teenage females—5 to 7 mg alpha-TE or 8.3 to 11.7 Units per day.
      • Pregnant females—8 to 9 mg alpha-TE or 13 to 15 Units per day.
      • Breast-feeding females—9 to 10 mg alpha-TE or 15 to 16.7 Units per day.
      • Children 7 to 10 years of age—6 to 8 mg alpha-TE or 10 to 13 Units per day.
      • Children 4 to 6 years of age—5 mg alpha-TE or 8.3 Units per day.
      • Children birth to 3 years of age—3 to 4 mg alpha-TE or 5 to 6.7 Units per day.
    • To treat deficiency:
      • Adults, teenagers, and children—Treatment dose is determined by prescriber for each individual based on the severity of deficiency.

For individuals taking the oral liquid form of this dietary supplement:

  • This preparation should be taken by mouth even though it comes in a dropper bottle.
  • This dietary supplement may be dropped directly into the mouth or mixed with cereal, fruit juice, or other food.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.


Store the dietary supplement in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.