Brand Name: N/A

Generic Name: Vanadium

Drug Class: Minerals, Other

What Is Vanadium and How Does It Work?

Vanadium is an over-the-counter mineral used for treating diabetes, low blood sugar, high cholesterol, heart disease, tuberculosis, syphilis, anemia, and water retention (edema); for improving athletic performance in weight training; and for preventing cancer.

Potential health benefits of vanadium: May improve sensitivity to insulin in type 1 and 2 diabetes; may also lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

There is not enough safety information available about the risks of vanadium to be recommended as a safe supplement.

Dosage of Vanadium:

Typical dosage range: 50-100 mcg/day

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Dietary Supplement


  • 10 mg vanadyl sulfate yields 2 mg vanadium
  • The body contains between 20-25 mg and a regular diet provides about 2 mg/day
  • Daily diet normally provides enough to meet requirements
  • Sources of vanadium: Dill, pepper, eggs, radishes, vegetable oils, buckwheat and oats
  • Pediatric: Not established


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What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Vanadium?

Side effects of vanadium include:

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Vanadium?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.

Vanadium has no known severe interactions with other drugs.

Vanadium has no known serious interactions with other drugs.

Vanadium has no known moderate interactions with other drugs.

Vanadium has mild interactions with at least 26 different drugs.

This information does not contain all possible interactions or adverse effects. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share this information with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your health care professional or doctor for additional medical advice, or if you have health questions, concerns or for more information about this medicine.


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What Are Warnings and Precautions for Vanadium?


This medication contains vanadium. Do not take it if you are allergic to vanadium or any ingredients contained in this drug.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately


  • Hypersensitivity

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information available

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Vanadium?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Vanadium?"


  • Ability to determine vanadium deficiency or optimum dose is not currently possible due to lack of studies
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding: If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, limit your intake of vanadium to the amount found in food
  • Not enough is known about the safety of taking larger doses
  • Diabetes: The vanadyl sulfate form of vanadium might lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Monitor your blood sugar carefully
  • Kidney problems: There is developing evidence that vanadium might harm the kidneys. If you have kidney disease, don't use vanadium supplements

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • No available information on use of vanadium during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Consult your physician.
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