Beta-carotene Side Effects

Some side effects of beta-carotene may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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

Along with its needed effects, beta-carotene may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

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

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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