Medications


Beta-Carotene capsules and tablets

What is this medicine?

BETA-CAROTENE (bay ta - KARE oh teen) is changed into vitamin A in the body. It is added to a healthy diet to prevent or treat low vitamin A levels.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label. For best results take this vitamin with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • chest pain, tightness

  • joint pain

  • dizziness

  • unusual bleeding or bruising

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • yellowing of the face, palms of the hands, soles of the feet

What may interact with this medicine?

  • cholestyramine

  • mineral oil

  • orlistat

  • other vitamin A supplements

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 85 degrees F). Protect from heat and light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:

  • high levels of vitamin A in the body

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to vitamin A, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Follow a healthy diet. Taking a vitamin supplement does not replace the need for a balanced diet. Some foods that have beta-carotene naturally are green and yellow fruits and vegetables.

Too much of this vitamin can be unsafe. Talk to your doctor or health care provider about how much is right for you.

Any yellow color that develops in the hands, feet or face will disappear within 1 to 2 weeks after you stop taking this vitamin.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2017 Elsevier
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