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Vitamin B2

INFORMATION

Uses

Vitamin B2 is used in the treatment of nutritional deficiencies.

How it works

Vitamin B2 is required for proper development and function of the skin, lining of the digestive tract, blood cells, and many other parts of the body. It is required for generating energy from proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Vitamin B2 acts as an antioxidant and also plays a role in the action of other group B vitamins such as activation of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and conversion of the amino acid tryptophan to vitamin B3 (niacin).

Common side effects

Dark colored urine, Diarrhoea

AVAILABLE MEDICINE

No medicine available

Expert advice

  • Taking vitamin B2 may result in dark yellow coloration of urine.
  • Before taking this drug consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Frequently asked questions

Vitamin B2

Q.Is Vitamin B2 riboflavin?
Yes, Vitamin B2 is also called riboflavin

Q.Is Vitamin B2 and B12 same?
No, Vitamin B2 is riboflavin and Vitamin B12 is methycobalamine. The both belong to group B vitamins

Q.Is Vitamin B2 good for migraine?
Yes, there is some evidence that Vitamin B2 is good for prevention of episodes of severe headaches and migraine

Q.Is Vitamin B2 good for hair/hair growth?
Vitamin B2 may be effective for maintenance of healthy hair. However, the evidence is insufficient

Q.Does Vitamin B2 help you lose weight or cause weight gain?
There are no known effects of Vitamin B2 on weight loss/ gain

Q.Does Vitamin B2 give you energy?
Vitamin B2 is a key component of chemical (enzyme flavoprotein) that is important for generation of energy from proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Therefore, it helps improve energy production

Q.Does Vitamin B2 cause diarrhea?
Yes, at high doses Vitamin B2 may cause diarrhea

Q.Does Vitamin B2 cause urine yellow?
Yes, Vitamin B2 may cause yellowing of urine

Q.Does Vitamin B2 cause constipation?
There are no known effects of Vitamin B2 that cause constipation

Q.Is Vitamin B2 good for you?
Yes, Vitamin B2 is good for maintenance of immune system, healthy hair, skin, nails and mucous membranes, prevention of eye conditions such as cataract, glaucoma and tired eyes (fatigue), and migraine headaches.


Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)