Panthenol is a custom pharmacy drug, a provitamin of B5, specifically meaning that it is a substance that can convert to a vitamin within the body. Panthenol's properties as a humectant (moisture retainer) have generated great interest. Panthenol has a wide variety of uses in the cosmetic, skin care, and pharmaceutical industries. It is used as an ingredient in lotions, shampoos, lozenges, nasal sprays, eye drops, and more. Panthenol is heralded in the anti-aging community for its moisturizing qualities, which may improve elasticity, but it is also sometimes used for treating sunburns and other skin injuries. By improving hydration, panthenol may help to curtail some of the inflammation and itching associated with these skin conditions.
Panthenol has many uses in the medical and cosmetic/skin care arenas. As such, it is often taken or used in a variety of forms for an abundance of differing conditions or desired outcomes. Your doctor may recommend panthenol for your condition in tablet form, or it may come in a cream or serum product for external use only. Be sure you understand exactly what form of panthenol your doctor recommends or prescribes and that you know exactly how to use it, take it, or apply it. If you are unsure, consult with your doctor before using panthenol in any form. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have further questions while you are using panthenol.
Side effects are a possibility when using any drug or medication. Panthenol users may experience side effects, though many users tolerate it very well. If you experience anything that seems to be lingering or getting progressively worse, see your doctor. If you experience anything that feels severe, get prompt medical attention. Panthenol may cause various side effects; talk to your doctor about all the possible side effects and be prepared with the knowledge of how to respond to them if you experience any. A few of the side effects that may be experienced are listed below. Please be aware this is only a partial list and your individual experience may be different thus allowing you to experience side effects not listed herein. Always seek medical treatment if you think it is warranted, or if you are concerned in any way.
Make your doctor aware of any medications and/or drugs you are currently using, or have recently used. Drug interactions should always be a consideration when your doctor evaluates the benefits vs. risks of introducing any new drug into the body. Only your doctor can decide if panthenol will be safe for your use.
Never take or use panthenol if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant or begin breastfeeding, unless you have first consulted with your doctor and he or she has deemed it safe and necessary for your use.
Panthenol is contraindicated for the following:
There may be other contraindications for panthenol. Ask your doctor for a full overview on possible contraindications that could be relevant to you.
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