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  Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)

Pharmacokinetics | Indications | Routes of Administration and Dosage | Contra Indications | Precautions | Interactions | Brand Names


Systems General Systemic
Category Water soluble vitamin.


Pharmacokinetics

It is quickly absorbed and excreted unchanged in the urine. Very little amounts of pantothenic acid are stored in the body and most of it is excreted.



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Indications

Pantothenic acid is needed for the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in the body. Clinical deficiency is not known. Pantothenic acid is often included in B complex products. Pantothenic acid is sometimes used for the treatment of nerve damage, dyspnoea, pruritis and other skin problems,for preventing arthritis, allergies and improving mental ability but their efficacy in these conditions have not been proven.



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Routes of Administration and Dosage

To prevent deficiency the following daily intake is recommended. Infants and children: Birth to 3 years of age = 2 to 3 mg. 4 to 6 years of age = 3 to 4 mg. 7 to 10 years of age = 4 to 5 mg. Adults = 4 to 7 mg.



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Contra Indications

Few major Contraindications to this drug have been reported.



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Precautions

Hypersensitivity reactions to the drug may occur.



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Interactions

Interactions with this vitamin are usually very rare.



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Brand Names

CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE.



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Pharmacokinetics | Indications | Routes of Administration and Dosage | Contra Indications | Precautions | Interactions | Brand Names

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