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Is there any risk in taking 10mg of biotin per day (5mg morning and night)?

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Created November 24, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Is there any risk in taking 10mg of biotin per day (5mg morning and night)?

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on November 27, 2012
at 09:09 PM

i am no expert (& no doctor), but may be while things keep improving, stick with what you are doing. But as soon as things stop improving or start getting worse, this may be a sign that you are biotin replete & now heading towards over dosing. So start reducing the biotin. ie. to 5 mg per day, then 5 mg every other day, etc until you find your maintenance dose.

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on November 27, 2012
at 01:06 PM

Seeing huge benefits to my skin in terms of less breakouts, softer skin, faster healing. Just wondering how much is right amount to continue to take.

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on November 25, 2012
at 12:39 PM

Agreed. You may just be peeing out the excess. No sense in wasting good supplements. I usually take 1mg of biotin a day on the days I don't take a B-complex which is usually twice a week.

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543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 25, 2012
at 01:38 AM

I found these two bits of info the last time i looked into Biotin.

"Because biotin deficiency can produce acne-like symptoms, vitamin B7 (biotin) supplements may improve acne symptoms especially in people with this deficiency. This is important since vitamin B7 deficiency can be caused by isotretinoin, oral antibiotics and vitamin B5, all of which are used in acne treatment.

For the same reasons, high doses of biotin may cause acne breakouts. This happens because biotin gains the upper hand in competing against vitamin B5.

Megadoses of biotin may cause acute vitamin B5 deficiency and acne which is one of the symptoms of the deficiency." http://www.progressivehealth.com/acne-vitamins.htm

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"Large doses of biotin can cause an adverse reaction effect on the body. Excess amounts of biotin can cause skin rashes or skin infections, according to the website Health Scene Nutrition.

You may experience itchy skin rashes or hives when you take more than the recommend dose of biotin. If your symptoms do not subside with a lower dose then discontinue the supplement and contact a medical professional." http://www.livestrong.com/article/285340-side-effects-of-a-large-dose-of-biotin/

Are you seeing any benefits from taking Biotin, if not, may be you are not deficient and it's time to scale back.

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

(1017)

on November 27, 2012
at 01:06 PM

Seeing huge benefits to my skin in terms of less breakouts, softer skin, faster healing. Just wondering how much is right amount to continue to take.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on November 27, 2012
at 09:09 PM

i am no expert (& no doctor), but may be while things keep improving, stick with what you are doing. But as soon as things stop improving or start getting worse, this may be a sign that you are biotin replete & now heading towards over dosing. So start reducing the biotin. ie. to 5 mg per day, then 5 mg every other day, etc until you find your maintenance dose.

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on November 25, 2012
at 04:55 AM

Seems an excessive amount...what are you trying to achieve? I take 1mg a few times a week.

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on November 25, 2012
at 12:39 PM

Agreed. You may just be peeing out the excess. No sense in wasting good supplements. I usually take 1mg of biotin a day on the days I don't take a B-complex which is usually twice a week.

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on November 25, 2012
at 02:44 AM

I take Biotin 4-5 times a week. Haven't noticed any effects, ill or otherwise. Probably wont re-up.

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