Vitamin B5 Blood Test

Pantothenic Acid, Pantothenate


Test Code: 070086
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Vitamin B5 Blood Test

This test measures levels of Vitamin B5, also known as Pantothenic Acid, in the blood.  B5 is part of the family of B vitamins.  It plays a role in a number of important processes throughout the body including the production of red blood cells, breaking down fats and carbohydrates to produce energy, maintaining cholesterol, and producing various hormones.  Vitamin B5 also helps in synthesizing coenzyme A which plays an important role in healthy liver function.  Although the body cannot produce vitamin B5 by itself, deficiencies are rare since it is found in a variety of foods.  People who are deficient may experience symptoms such as fatigue, depression, difficulty sleeping, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, numbness, skin irritation, and chronic respiratory infections.  Too much B5 can cause diarrhea or bleeding disorders.  Taking B5 supplements can cause interactions with some types of medication so it is advisable to consult your doctor.

This test is typically ordered when someone is suspected of having a deficiency of Vitamin B5.  It may be used to monitor levels when someone is taking supplements which include B5.  For other vitamin tests, please see our Vitamin Testing Category.

Turnaround for this test is typically 4-7 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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Vitamin B5 Blood Test

Pantothenic Acid, Pantothenate


Test Code: 91030
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Vitamin B5 Blood Test

This test measures levels of Vitamin B5, also known as Pantothenic Acid, in the blood.  B5 is part of the family of B vitamins.  It plays a role in a number of important processes throughout the body including the production of red blood cells, breaking down fats and carbohydrates to produce energy, maintaining cholesterol, and producing various hormones.  Vitamin B5 also helps in synthesizing coenzyme A which plays an important role in healthy liver function.  Although the body cannot produce vitamin B5 by itself, deficiencies are rare since it is found in a variety of foods.  People who are deficient may experience symptoms such as fatigue, depression, difficulty sleeping, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, numbness, skin irritation, and chronic respiratory infections.  Too much B5 can cause diarrhea or bleeding disorders.  Taking B5 supplements can cause interactions with some types of medication so it is advisable to consult your doctor.

This test is typically ordered when someone is suspected of having a deficiency of Vitamin B5.  It may be used to monitor levels when someone is taking supplements which include B5.  For other vitamin tests, please see our Vitamin Testing Category.

Turnaround for this test is typically 3-7 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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