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Generic Name: Biotin (oral) (oral) BYE-ohtin [BYE-oh-tin].
The Brand Names are: Appearex, Cyto B7, Hair, Skin & Nails, Hair,… display the nine names of brands.
Dosage Formats: Oral capsule (5 mg; 5000 mg); oral liquid (5 mg/mL); tablets for oral use (10 mg; 1000 mg; 2.5 mg; 300 mg); display all four dosage forms.
Drug Class: Vitamins

What is Biotin?

Biotin is a type of vitamin B that is present in food items. Biotin aids the body in breaking down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.Biotin is used to treat alternative diseases as a beneficial aid in treating or preventing biotin deficiency. Biotin deficiencies can be caused by malnutrition, rapid weight loss, the long-term use of tubes, and other medical conditions.Biotin is also used for treating seborrhea (skin rash) in infants. However, studies have shown that biotin is not effective in treating this condition.Other uses that have not been proven by research include treating thin or brittle nails, hair issues, diabetic issues, nerve pain, and various other conditions.

It isn't known for certain if biotin can be effective in treating any medical issue. The use of this product for medicinal purposes is not accepted by the FDA. Biotin is not recommended as a substitute for medications that are prescribed by your doctor.Biotin is commonly marketed as an herbal supplement. There are no controlled manufacturing standards for many herbal substances, and some supplements sold on the market have been discovered to be contaminated with harmful metals or substances. Health supplements and herbal remedies should be bought from a trusted source to reduce the risk of contamination.Biotin can be used for other purposes that are not covered in this guideline for the product.

Side effects of Biotin

Contact a medical professional immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice warning signs of an allergic response, such as symptoms of hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and throat.

Common side effects can be nausea, an upset stomach, or diarrhea.

This isn't a complete list of all the side effects. Other effects may also be present. Contact your doctor for advice regarding medical effects. You can report adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Follow the instructions on the label of the product as well as the package. Inform your health care providers about your allergies, medical conditions, and all medications you take.

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to use this product if you have an allergy to biotin. Before you start using biotin, talk with your doctor. Your dosage requirements could differ.

  • If you suffer from kidney disease.
  • If you've experienced gastric surgery.
  • If you smoke.

Talk to your doctor prior to applying biotin if you are breastfeeding or pregnant. Your dose needs might differ during pregnancy or when you are nursing. Never give an herbal or health supplement to a child unless you have medical guidance.

How to take biotin?

If you're considering taking herbal supplements, make sure you seek guidance from your physician. You might also think about consulting an expert who has been trained in the use of herbal or health supplements. If you decide to take biotin, do so as indicated on the label or as recommended by your physician, pharmacist, or any other healthcare professional. Don't use more quantities of this supplement than indicated on the package.Make sure to measure the liquid medicine with care. Make use of the dosing syringe supplied or a dosage measuring device (not the kitchen spoon).

Biotin could result in false results when used with certain tests for medical purposes. Inform any physician who treats you that you're using biotin.The recommended dietary allowance for biotin increases as you age. Follow the advice of your doctor. You can also refer to the Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Institutes of Health or the U.S. More information can be found in the USDA Nutrient Database (previously "Recommended Daily Allowances". It could take anywhere from 3 to 6 months before your nails or hair improve. Contact your physician to discuss your condition if the one you're treating with biotin doesn't improve or becomes worse after taking this medication. When you stop taking biotin, the nails are likely to be back to normal between 6 and 9 months. Place it in a cool, dry place free of heat and moisture.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Don't miss your missed dosage if you are close to taking your next dose. Don't use any biotin supplements to make up the dose that was missed.

What happens if I overdose?

Biotin being water-soluble, an overdose is not likely to occur.

What should be avoided?

Follow the instructions of your physician regarding any food restrictions, drinks, food, or any activity.

Interaction with other drugs

Certain medications can affect the levels of biotin in your blood, which can affect the dosage of biotin that you need. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist prior to using biotin in conjunction with other medications, including:

  • Carbamazepine.

  • Phenobarbital.

  • Phenytoin.

  • Primidone.

This list is not comprehensive. Other drugs can interact with biotin, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. There are many possible interactions between drugs that are listed here.



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