Vitamin A

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Vitamin A Information



Vitamin A Benefits & Uses

Vitamin A is used to treat the following -

Main Benefits

Other Benefits

Vitamin A Dosage & How to Take

This is the usual dosage recommended in most common treatment cases. Please remember that every patient and their case is different, so the dosage can be different based on the disease, route of administration, patient's age and medical history.

Find the right dosage based on disease and age

Age Group Dosage
Adult
  • Disease: Nutritional Deficiency
  • Before or After Meal: Either
  • Single Maximum Dose: 2970 iu
  • Dosage Form: Capsule
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 1 daily
  • Course Duration: As directed by the doctor
  • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor
Adult(Female)
  • Disease: Nutritional Deficiency
  • Before or After Meal: Either
  • Single Maximum Dose: 2310 iu
  • Dosage Form: Capsule
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 1 daily
  • Course Duration: As directed by the doctor
  • Special Instructions: pregnant females may take 200,000 iu for 1 dose PO within 8 weeks of delivery
Geriatric
  • Disease: Nutritional Deficiency
  • Before or After Meal: Either
  • Single Maximum Dose: 2970 iu
  • Dosage Form: Capsule
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 1 daily
  • Course Duration: As directed by the doctor
  • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor
13 - 18 years (Adolescent)
  • Disease: Nutritional Deficiency
  • Before or After Meal: Either
  • Single Maximum Dose: 2310 iu
  • Dosage Form: Capsule
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 1 daily
  • Course Duration: As directed by the doctor
  • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor
2 - 12 years (Child)
  • Disease: Nutritional Deficiency
  • Before or After Meal: Either
  • Single Maximum Dose: 1980 iu
  • Dosage Form: Capsule
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 1 daily
  • Course Duration: As directed by the doctor
  • Special Instructions: Children 4 - 8 years may take 1320 iu and Children 2 - 3 years may take 990 iu
Infant (1 month to 2 years)
  • Disease: Nutritional Deficiency
  • Before or After Meal: Either
  • Single Maximum Dose: 1650 iu
  • Dosage Form: Capsule
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 1 daily
  • Course Duration: As directed by the doctor
  • Special Instructions: below 6 months old can take 1320 iu

Vitamin A Related Warnings

  • Is the use of Vitamin A safe for pregnant women?


    Pregnant women can take Vitamin A safely.

    Safe
  • Is the use of Vitamin A safe during breastfeeding?


    Vitamin A does not show any side effects in breastfeeding women.

    Safe
  • What is the effect of Vitamin A on the Kidneys?


    Vitamin A is not harmful for kidneys.

    Safe
  • What is the effect of Vitamin A on the Liver?


    Vitamin A does not damage the liver.

    Safe
  • What is the effect of Vitamin A on the Heart?


    There are no any side effects of Vitamin A for the heart.

    Safe


Severe Interaction of Vitamin A with Other Drugs

Vitamin A should not be taken with following medicines due to severe side effects it may cause to patients -

Severe

Mild



Frequently asked Questions about Vitamin A

  • Is this Vitamin A habit forming or addictive?


    Vitamin A is not addictive in nature.

    No
  • Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?


    Vitamin A does not cause dizziness or sleep, so you can drive a vehicle or operate machinery also.

    Safe
  • Is it safe?


    Yes, the use of Vitamin A is considered safe.

    Safe
  • Is it able to treat mental disorders?


    No, Vitamin A cannot treat any kind of mental disorder.

    No

Vitamin A Interactions with Food and Alcohol

  • Interaction between Food and Vitamin A


    Taking Vitamin A with food is safe.

    Safe
  • Interaction between Alcohol and Vitamin A


    Due to lack of research, nothing can be said about side effects of consuming alcohol while taking Vitamin A.

    Unknown


Frequently asked Questions about Vitamin A

Question about 5 years ago

How long can I safely take Vitamin A?

Dr. Ram Saini MD, MBBS , General Physician

Take Vitamin A as long as it is recommended by your doctor. Do not take this medicine longer than prescribed as the excess of vitamins can also cause hypervitaminosis A which is high levels of vitamin A in our body that can lead to unpleasant side effects such as irritability, drowsiness, and abdominal pain.

Question about 5 years ago

How does Vitamin A work?

Dr. B. K. Agrawal MBBS, MD , Cardiology, General Physician, Internal Medicine

Vitamin A contains vitamin A which works by replenishing its normal levels in our body whose deficiency is resulting in the disease or disorder. Our body requires vitamin A for metabolic functioning of the retina, the growth of bone, proper functioning of reproductive organs, and immune response. Sometimes an unbalanced diet or certain medical conditions can result in its deficiency which affects these tasks which our body has to perform.

Question about 5 years ago

Can Vitamin A cause hair loss?

Dr. Ramraj Meena MBBS , General Physician

Rarely, Vitamin A may cause hair loss (alopecia). However, the exact cause of hair loss is unknown. This effect is unharmful and reversible in nature. The normal hair growth is restored after discontinuation of this drug. 

Question about 5 years ago

Is Vitamin A safe to use?

Dr. Rajeev Kumar Ranjan MBBS , Pulmonology

Yes, Vitamin A is safe to use, if taken in prescribed amount and duration as advised by the doctor. However, certain side effects have been associated with this drug such as chapped lips (cheilitis) and sticky skin. If you experience above-mentioned side effects after taking this medicine then inform your doctor and follow his/her instructions.

Question about 5 years ago

Can I discontinue Vitamin A on my own without doctors advice?

Dr. Ramraj MBBS , Other

No, Vitamin A should not be discontinued on your own without doctors advice if it has been prescribed by your doctor but if you are taking it by yourself then you can discontinue it.



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This medicine data has been created by -

Vikas Chauhan

B.Pharma, Pharmacy
5 Years of Experience


References

KD Tripathi. [link]. Seventh Edition. New Delhi, India: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers; 2013: Page No 909-911

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