Last update Dec. 8, 2017

Pantothenyl Alcohol


Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.

Dexpanthenol or provitamin B5 have been applied to the nipple to treat and prevent pain and various problems related to the nipple, comparing it with other products, without being better than others (Shanazi 2015, Morland-Schultz 2005, Kuşcu 2002) or better than no treatment (Morland-Schultz 2005).

The best prevention and treatment for problems in the nipple is a suitable latching technique (Morland-Schultz 2005).

If it is applied to the chest or nipple, it should be cleaned before the next feed. Cases have been reported of contact dermatitis and anaphylaxis due to topical or oral use of dexpanthenol (Gulec 2015, Chin 2013, Röckmann 2005).

Panthenol in the body is metabolized to pantothenic acid or Vitamin B5.

See below the information of this related product:


We do not have alternatives for Pantothenyl Alcohol since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Pantothenyl Alcohol is also known as Panthenol. Here it is a list of alternative known names::

Pantothenyl Alcohol in other languages or writings:


Pantothenyl Alcohol belongs to this group or family:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Pantothenyl Alcohol in its composition:


Variable Value Unit
Molecular weight 205 daltons


  1. Shanazi M, Farshbaf Khalili A, Kamalifard M, Asghari Jafarabadi M, Masoudin K, Esmaeli F. Comparison of the Effects of Lanolin, Peppermint, and Dexpanthenol Creams on Treatment of Traumatic Nipples in Breastfeeding Mothers. J Caring Sci. 2015 Dec 1;4(4):297-307. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. Gulec AI, Albayrak H, Uslu E, Başkan E, Aliagaoglu C. Pustular irritant contact dermatitis caused by dexpanthenol in a child. Cutan Ocul Toxicol. 2015 Abstract
  3. Chin MF, Hughes TM, Stone NM. Allergic contact dermatitis caused by panthenol in a child. Contact Dermatitis. 2013 Abstract
  4. Morland-Schultz K, Hill PD. Prevention of and therapies for nipple pain: a systematic review. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2005 Jul-Aug;34(4):428-37. Review. Abstract
  5. Röckmann H, Goerdt S, Bayerl C. Anaphylaxis after dexpanthenol exposure by multivitamin tablets. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2005 Abstract
  6. Kuşcu NK, Koyuncu F, Laçin S. Collagenase treatment of sore nipples. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2002 Abstract

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