Thiamine is a vitamin used by the body to break down sugars in the diet. The medication helps correct nerve and heart problems that occur when a person’s diet does not contain enough thiamine.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Side Effects Of Thiamine
Thiamine tablets usually do not cause any side effects.
Warnings & Precautions
Before taking thiamine:
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to thiamine or any other drugs.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, including other vitamins.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking thiamine, call your doctor.
- if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking thiamine.
Thiamine comes in tablets to take by mouth. It is usually taken three times a day with meals. If you have a deficiency, your doctor may prescribe thiamine for 1 month or more. Follow the directions on your prescription label or the package label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take it exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Thiamine should be taken with meals. If you are taking an extended-release (long-acting) product, do not chew or crush the tablet. There are some tablets that can be crushed and mixed with food.
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your response to thiamine.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
All information has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.