Beta-carotene Side Effects

Not all side effects for beta-carotene may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

Applies to beta-carotene: oral capsule, oral capsule liquid filled, oral liquid, oral tablet

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by beta-carotene. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Some of the side effects that can occur with beta-carotene may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common
  • Yellowing of palms, hands, or soles of feet, and to a lesser extent the face (this may be a sign that your dose of beta-carotene as a nutritional supplement is too high)
Rare
  • Diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • joint pain
  • unusual bleeding or bruising

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