Health Guide

Pantothenic acid

What is it?

Pantothenic acid is a B vitamin that is used as a supplement to treat acne, osteoarthritis, Pantothenic acid deficiency, rheumatoid arthritis, and wounds. It is also used for inflammatory bowel disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, lowered blood cell production, mitochondrial dysfunction, infection, adrenal (gland) dysfunction, stress disorders, allergies, liver problems, and to support the immune system.

Other names for Pantothenic acid include: D-Pantotherate, Vitamin B5, D-Panthenol, Calcium Pantothenate, Pantothenol, Pantothenylol, and Dexpanthenol.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure, liver or kidney problems, or heart or blood vessel disease


Talk with your caregiver about how much Pantothenic acid you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Pantothenic acid. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.


  • Before taking Pantothenic acid, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • Diarrhea may occur with large doses (3)
  • Skin rash (4)


1. Gilman AG, Rall TW, Nies AS et al: Goodman and Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 8th ed. Pergamon Press, New York, NY; 1990.

2. Marz RB: Medical Nutrition from Marz, 2nd ed. Omni Press, Portland, OR; 1997.

3. Alhadeff L, Gulatieri C & Lipton M: Toxic effects of water-soluble vitamins. Nutr Rev 1984; 42(2): 33-40.

4. Hahn C, Roseler S, Fritzsche R et al: Allergic contact reaction to dexpanthenol: lymphocyte transformation test and evidence for microsomal-dependent metabolism of the allergen. Contact Dermatitis 1993; 28(2): 81-83.

Last Updated: 7/4/2018
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