Generic Name: 250 mg vitamin C (ascorbic acid), 200 IU natural vitamin E (d-alpha tocopheryl acid succinate, 165 mg), 40 mg zinc (as zinc oxide, 49.8 mg), 1 mg copper (as cupric oxide, 1.25 mg)
Product Name: Blackmores Macu-Vision
Indication of Blackmores Macu-Vision
Macu-Vision may help provide important nutrients to the macular region of the eye and maintain overall eye health.
Action of Blackmores Macu-Vision
Antioxidants act as ‘free radical scavengers’. Free radicals are common in the body, arising through a variety of mechanisms. Many of these free radicals are dealt with by the body’s own antioxidant defenses. Some free radicals, however, escape these defenses and cause cellular damage. Research suggests that accumulation of free radical cellular damage can result in degenerative conditions. The active ingredients in Macu-Vision may play a role in defending against free radical damage in the macular region of the retina and lens of the eye.
Dose advice of Blackmores Macu-Vision
The manufacturer recommends that adults take 1 tablet daily with main meal, or as professionally prescribed.
Blackmores Macu-Vision is not recommended in children and adolescents under 18 years of age.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If you have any queries about the correct way to use this product, please ask your healthcare professional. Individual results may vary.
Do not take Blackmores Macu-Vision if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients in the tablet.
Tell your healthcare professional if:
- You have had kidney stones or any other medical problems; or
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Blackmores Macu-Vision contains zinc, which may be dangerous when taken in large amounts or for a long period. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
Zinc may decrease the absorption and efficacy of tetracycline and quiniolone antibiotics. Administration of Macu-Vision should be separated by at least 2 hours from the last dose of these antibiotics.
If you have any concerns, please speak with your healthcare professional.
Do not use Blackmores Macu-Vision if you are pregnant. There is insufficient information available about the use of Blackmores Macu-Vision during pregnancy.
Do not use Blackmores Macu-Vision if you are breastfeeding. There is insufficient information available about the use of Blackmores Macu-Vision during breastfeeding.
Do not give Blackmores Macu-Vision to children and adolescents under 18 years.
Schedule of Blackmores Macu-Vision
Unscheduled. Blackmores Macu-Vision is a listed medicine in Australia.1
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- Blackmores Macu-Vision product detailer. Blackmores Ltd: NSW 2011 [Cited 20 October 2011]. Available from: URL link
- Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group. A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Clinical Trial of High-Dose Supplementation With Vitamins C and E, Beta Carotene, and Zinc for Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Vision Loss: AREDS Report No. 8. Arch Ophthalmol 2001;119:1417-1436. [Abstract Full Text]
- Zinc. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. 2011 [cited 19 June 2011]. Available from: URL link
- Blackmores Macu-Vision Tablets: Abbreviated product information [online]. St Leonards, NSW: MIMS Online; March 2011, [cited 2011, March 21]. Available from: URL link
Related Diseases and Conditions: Macular Degeneration
For more information on age-related macular degeneration, including the effect of smoking, exercise and nutrition on eyes, as well as some useful animations and tips to keep eyes healthy, see Macular Degeneration.
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