Biotin

Description

Biotin is a B complex vitamin used as a nutritional supplementation for dietary shortage or imbalance which may cause hair loss or total alopecia, brittle nails, skin rash in infants, and mild depression.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Biotin

  • Hypersensitivity
  • Stomach discomfort and pain
  • Skin rash

Uses of Biotin

What is it prescribed for?

  • Biotin deficiency
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    There is no well-established clinical data available regarding the onset of action of this medicine.
  • Duration of effect
    There is no well-established clinical data available regarding the duration of action of this medicine.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is considered safe for consumption by pregnant women. Your doctor will prescribe an appropriate dose for you based on your clinical condition.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is considered safe for consumption by breastfeeding women. Your doctor will prescribe an appropriate dose for you based on your clinical condition.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to biotin.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is considered safe for consumption by pregnant women. Your doctor will prescribe an appropriate dose for you based on your clinical condition.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is considered safe for consumption by breastfeeding women. Your doctor will prescribe an appropriate dose for you based on your clinical condition.
General warnings

Use in pediatrics

Use of this medicine in children should be done only under your doctor's supervision.

Effect of therapy

The effect of therapy with Biotin may occur 3 to 6 months after starting the therapy. The nails may return to their original condition 6 to 9 months after stopping the therapy.

Dialysis patients

Dialysis patients may require a higher dose due to drug removal during dialysis.

Missed Dose

If a dose of Biotin is missed, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, continue with the normal dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Since Biotin is water soluble, an overdose with this medicine is unlikely to occur. However, contact the doctor if you suspect an overdose or if you have severe side effects.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Carbamazepine

Phenobarbital

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Coadministration of these medicines may reduce the absorption of either of them. It is recommended not to use these medicines together.
Eating more than 2 egg whites per day for prolonged periods may cause biotin deficiency. It is recommended not to use egg white and Biotin together since the combined use may reduce the absorption of Biotin. Your doctor/dietitian may advise appropriate changes in your diet to avoid such interactions.
Coadministration of these medicines may reduce the absorption of either of them. It is recommended not to use these medicines together.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Strictly follow all the instructions on the label and take Biotin only as directed. Do not take more than what is prescribed. It is advised that you should inform the doctor about all the medicines or herbal products that you are using and about all your medical conditions before taking this medicine.
Miscelleneous

To be taken on an empty stomach

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
Biotin acts as an important component of certain enzymes that are involved in the breakdown of substances like fats and carbohydrates.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Vitamins

Schedule

N/A

Biotin: MedlinePlus Supplements [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2017 [cited 2 August 2017]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/natural/313.html

Biotin - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 2 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00121

DBGET Search Result: All databases biotin [Internet]. Genome.jp. 2017 [cited 2 August 2017]. Available from:

http://www.genome.jp/dbget-bin/www_bfind_sub?mode=bfind&max_hit=1000&dbkey=all&keywords=biotin

Biotin® - Dietpharm [Internet]. Dietpharm.hr. 2017 [cited 2 August 2017]. Available from:

http://www.dietpharm.hr/en/biotin-p446

Biotin [Internet]. Snomedbrowser.com. 2017 [cited 2 August 2017]. Available from:

http://www.snomedbrowser.com/Codes/Details/8919000

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Information on this page was last updated on 8 Aug 2017

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