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What are interactions to consider when taking biotin?

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If you take any drugs regularly, talk to your doctor before you start using biotin supplements. Biotin might weaken the effect of certain medications. Conversely, many drugs can lower biotin levels, including some antibiotics. Some epilepsy drugs may decrease biotin absorption from food. A supplement, lipoic acid, may also increase the need for biotin. Eating raw egg whites on a regular basis can also lower biotin levels in the body.

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Zempleni, J. 2009. Biofactors,

Scheinfeld, N. , 2007. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology

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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Herbs: Biotin.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Biotin.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Biotin.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 18, 2020

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Zempleni, J. 2009. Biofactors,

Scheinfeld, N. , 2007. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology

Head, K. 2006. Alternative Medicine Review,

Institute of Medicine.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Herbs: Biotin.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Biotin.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Biotin.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 18, 2020

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