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Biotin

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 20, 2018.

What are other common names?

  • d-(+)-Biotin; hexahydro-2-oxo-1H-thieno[3,4-d]imidazole-4-pentanoic acid
  • Biotin
  • Biotina
  • Biotine
  • Biotine-D
  • Coenzyme R
  • D-Biotin
  • Factor S
  • Vitamin B7
  • Vitamin H
  • Vitamine B7
  • Vitamine H
  • W Factor

What is this product used for?

Biotin is a kind of B vitamin found in the food you eat. Some people use this product to add more biotin to their diet. Others use it if they have problems with their skin.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • This product may interfere with some lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all drugs you are taking.

  • Taking biotin with drugs that are broken down by your liver may cause more side effects. This is especially true for drugs used to treat seizures.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have kidney problems.

  • Eating raw egg whites may decrease the effects of this product.

When do I need to call the doctor?

Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

Last Reviewed Date

2018-04-20

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