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Who should not take vitamin E?

Julia Schlam Edelman
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Anyone on blood thinners such as Coumadin or aspirin (including low-dose aspirin), non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen, dong quai, evening of primrose oil, garlic or ginger supplements, or ginkgo biloba should avoid taking extra vitamin E, as it may prolong bleeding. It interferes with platelet function and impairs normal clotting. Women who have active bleeding with ulcers, brain hemorrhage, heavy vaginal or uterine bleeding, rectal bleeding, or a history of a bleeding disorder should also avoid vitamin E.
You should not take vitamin E if you are taking dicumarol. It is also not recommended to take vitamin E if you are taking warafin. Taking warafin with vitamin E may increase your risk for certain side effects. If you have bleeding problems, talk to your doctor before you start taking vitamin E because high doses may worsen your condition.

It is not recommended that anyone with retinitis pigmentosa take oral vitamin E because it appears to cause disease progression more rapidly.

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