1 AnswerThere are no reported side effects from taking vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), though it is possible to have an allergic reaction. If you experience difficulty breathing, hives or facial swelling, contact a healthcare professional immediately. Vitamin B5 can be transferred to a fetus during pregnancy or to a nursing baby through breast milk. Talk to your doctor before taking pantothenic acid supplements while pregnant or breastfeeding.
1 AnswerVitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, is absorbed by the body through the foods that you eat.
When you eat beans, peas, whole grains, meat, and fish, your body processes the vitamin B5 that is found in those foods. If you do not eat enough of these foods, you will have to take vitamin B5 supplements. These supplements are orally ingested, and the body then uses them as it would the naturally found vitamin.
Pantothenic acid deficiency
Pantothenic acid, or vitamin B5, is essential to humans, and deficiency is rare. However, in cases of deficiency, vitamin B5 may be taken by mouth as treatment. It may help prevent deficiency in people who are at high risk for malnutrition. For those who cannot eat on their own, vitamin B5 may be given through an intravenous tube or through tube feeding.
Vitamin B5 in the form of dexpanthenol is often added to eye drops and gels to help reduce pain and inflammation, as well as treat dry eyes. There is evidence supporting its effectiveness, although some studies suggest that newer products may be of more benefit.
There is evidence that a nose spray containing vitamin B5 (as dexpanthenol) may benefit people who have chronic sinus infection after surgery, compared to a common saline spray. Further research is needed in this area.
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2 AnswersVitamin B5 - also called pantothenic acid - is a vitamin found naturally in peas, beans, whole grains, meat and fish. This vitamin is important for aiding in the release of energy by cells and maintaining a healthy nervous system. Some people do not get enough of this vitamin in their diets and require a vitamin B5 supplement. You do not need a prescription to take a pantothenic acid supplement, which you ingest orally. It is relatively safe to take pantothenic acid and it is important for a complete and healthy diet.
2 AnswersA deficiency in pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is rare. When it does occur, it may cause symptoms including fatigue, insomnia, depression, irritability, stomach upset, burning feet and upper respiratory infections. Pantothenic acid is essential to normal metabolism and helps your body use the food you eat for energy. It is also involved in the production of certain hormones and cholesterol.
The Institute of Medicine Food and Nutrition Board has said that people ages 14 and older should consume about 5 milligrams (mg) of pantothenic acid per day for good health. This is easy to achieve if you eat a well-rounded diet because pantothenic acid is widely available in foods including eggs, poultry, milk, whole grains, legumes, potatoes and many other products. Talk to your doctor for more information about pantothenic acid.
3 AnswersPantothenic acid (vitamin B5), along with other B vitamins, is essential to normal metabolism. It helps your body make energy from the food you eat and is vital for normal growth and development. Pantothenic acid is also involved in the production of hormones and cholesterol in the body. It's present in many foods including eggs, milk, yeast, whole grains, poultry, potatoes and legumes. Deficiencies of pantothenic acid are rare, but taking too much pantothenic acid in supplement form may cause diarrhea. Talk to your doctor for more information about this and other vitamins.
2 AnswersMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredI recommend taking a 300 mg of vitamin B5 (panothenic acid) to decrease LDL "bad" cholesterol and raise HDL "good" cholesterol. No side effects have been seen yet in people taking this daily dosage of vitamin B5.
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