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Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) Oral tablet

It is used to prevent and to treat low levels of vitamin B2

Generic Name: riboflavin

What is this medicine?

RIBOFLAVIN; VITAMIN B2 (rahy boh FLEY vin; VAHY tuh min B2) is a vitamin supplement. It is used to prevent and to treat low levels of vitamin B2.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to B vitamins, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label. Take with meals. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Follow a good diet. Taking a vitamin supplement does not replace the need for a balanced diet. Some foods that have vitamin B2 are milk, meat, eggs, nuts, enriched flour, and green vegetables.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • bad taste in the mouth
  • bright yellow urine
  • stomach upset

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees C) or as directed on the package label. Protect from heat and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: August 17, 2009
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