Biotin is one of the vitamins of the B complex, which is naturally found in liver, egg yolk and yeast. Biotin supplements are taken to treat biotin deficiency or prevent it from occurring. Vitamins are essential for healthy growth and development, they also help you resist sickness and diseases. They are usually available in the foods you eat and are only needed in small amounts.
Biotin is vital in the formation of glucose and fatty acids that fuels the body, as well as in the breakdown of carbohydrates and amino acids. Biotin deficiency is rare and if it happens, it may cause skin rash, hair loss, high cholesterol levels in blood, as well as heart problems. Furthermore, there are health conditions that increase you biotin requirement.
Biotin supplement requires no doctor’s prescription. If you’re using this without a prescription, read and follow the instructions in the label carefully.
You also have to consider the following:
Allergies: If you have any unusual reaction to any medicine, be sure to tell your doctor about it. Additionally, disclose other types of allergies - food, preservatives, animals, or dyes, if there are any. Read the package ingredients carefully and make sure you are not allergic to any of its ingredients.
Pediatric: No reported problems in children taking the supplement in recommended amounts.
Geriatric: No reported problems in older adults taking the supplement in recommended amounts.
Drug Interactions: Certain medicines have adverse effects when used together. Nevertheless, it is still possible to take other medicines when using this drug. Make sure to inform your doctor about other drugs you are taking, so that alterations and precautions will be made if necessary.Using this medicine with certain medicines needs utmost caution because the combination may result in certain side effects. Before using this drug, talk to your doctor about possible interactions if you are taking other medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
3 Proper Usage
Follow the directions on the label when it comes to dosage. The following information is only for the average dosage of this drug. The number of doses, the number of hours between doses, and how long you will take this drug depend your health condition, your progress, and how well you react to this medicine.
In preventing biotin deficiency in adults and teenagers, normal dosage is 30-100 mcg (micrograms) per day. For newborn infants to children up to 3 years old, 10-20 mcg a day. In treating biotin deficiency, dose is determined by the doctor based on the severity of deficiency.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. In case it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one and follow your regular dosing schedule. Never take double doses.
Keep the medicine in an airtight container at normal room temperature. Keep it away from direct light, heat, and moisture. Do not let it freeze. Keep the medicine out of children’s reach. Throw away any outdated medicine or medicine that are not in use. Keep the medicine in its original package until needed.
4 Precautions to Take
If this medicine is to be taken for a long time, regular checkups are important to see if there are any unwanted effects from this supplement.
This vitamin supplement may cause anaphylaxis or other type of serious allergic reaction. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening reaction that needs emergency medical attention.
Inform your doctor if any of the symptoms of anaphylaxis are present, such as lightheadedness, dizziness, rashes, itching, trouble breathing, hoarseness, or any swelling on the face, mouth, or hands.
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