What is this medicine?
VITAMIN A (VAHY tuh min A) is a vitamin found in nature. It is added to a healthy diet to prevent or treat low vitamin A levels. It is also used to treat some genetic skin problems.
This vitamin may be used for other purposes; ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): A-Caro-25, Dofsol-A
What should I tell my healthcare 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
How should I use this medicine?
Take this vitamin 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 vitamin at regular intervals. Do not take your vitamin 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.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
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.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- other vitamin A or retinoid products
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- beta-carotene supplements
- mineral oil
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your healthcare provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Follow a good diet. Taking a vitamin supplement does not replace the need for a balanced diet. Some foods that have this vitamin naturally are green and yellow fruits and vegetables, also eggs, butter, milk, meat, and oily fish.
Too much of this vitamin can be unsafe. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about how much is right for you.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or healthcare professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- dark urine
- dry, cracked or peeling of skin
- joint pains
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- unusually weak or tired
- yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or healthcare professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- yellowing of the face, palms of the hands, soles of the feet
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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.
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 healthcare provider.