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Vitamin a Side Effects

Applies to vitamin a: capsule, capsule liquid filled, liquid, solution, tablet, tablet chewable

As well as its needed effects, vitamin a may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

If any of the following side effects occur while taking vitamin a, check with your doctor immediately:

  • Bleeding from gums or sore mouth
  • bulging soft spot on head (in babies)
  • confusion or unusual excitement
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness or drowsiness
  • double vision
  • headache (severe)
  • irritability (severe)
  • peeling of skin, especially on lips and palms
  • vomiting (severe)

Severity: Moderate

If any of the following side effects occur while taking vitamin a, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

  • Bone or joint pain
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • drying or cracking of skin or lips
  • dry mouth
  • fever
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness or weakness
  • headache
  • increased sensitivity of skin to sunlight
  • increase in frequency of urination, especially at night, or in amount of urine
  • irritability
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of hair
  • stomach pain
  • unusual tiredness
  • vomiting
  • yellow-orange patches on soles of feet, palms of hands, or skin around nose and lips

It is possible that some side effects of vitamin a may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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