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Vitamin B7 / Biotin / Vitamin H

Molecule Description

Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin which is also called Vitamin H or B7.

Uses of Vitamin B7 / Biotin / Vitamin H

  • Overall growth
  • Production of glucose and fatty acids
  • Metabolism of carbohydrates and amino acids
  • Hair growth
  • Acne treatment and improving skin conditions
  • Commonly used for brittle nails, nerve damage and hair loss

Contraindications of Vitamin B7 / Biotin / Vitamin H

When should one not use Vitamin B7 / Biotin / Vitamin H

No contraindications have been reported yet.

Side effects of Vitamin B7 / Biotin / Vitamin H

Common side effects of this drug are:

No side effects with the intake of Biotin have been reported yet. If any unusual effects are observed, inform the physician regarding it. It is non-toxic and gets eliminated from the body through urine.
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Precautions and Warnings of Vitamin B7 / Biotin / Vitamin H


Can I take Vitamin B7 / Biotin / Vitamin H during pregnancy?
The effect of Biotin on the fetus is not known, consult your doctor if you are pregnant, your doctor will tell you on the use of this medicine after assessing the benefits over risks.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Vitamin B7 / Biotin / Vitamin H while breastfeeding?
It is probably safe during breastfeeding.


Can I drive if I have consumed Vitamin B7 / Biotin / Vitamin H?
No information is available on the ability to drive or use machines. However, if you observe or experience any side effects, it is advised not to drive or operate heavy machines. Contact your doctor or pharmacist for further information.


Can I consume alcohol with Vitamin B7 / Biotin / Vitamin H?
One should usually avoid excess intake of alcohol along with this medicine.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
Biotin deficiency is extremely rare. Still, it may cause dermatitis, brittle fingernails, diabetes, hair loss.

Mode of Action of Vitamin B7 / Biotin / Vitamin H

How Does It Work?

Biotin is an essential component of enzymes in the body that break down certain substances like fats, carbohydrates and others. It contributes to several naturally occurring reactions in the body between various enzymes or carboxylases.
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Interactions of Vitamin B7 / Biotin / Vitamin H

Interactions with other medicines

There hasn't been any report for drug-drug interaction with Biotin. It is recommended to consult a doctor if you are also taking any other medications.

Interactions with food items

A person can observe interactions with a raw egg-white which prevents its absorption. Consumption of large amounts of raw egg-white for several months results in Biotin deficiency in humans. It is advisable not to eat raw egg-whites with Biotin supplements.
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Dosage of Vitamin B7 / Biotin / Vitamin H


Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin supplement. If there is a consumption of higher doses, it is eliminated through urine.

Missed a Dose

If you missed any dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at the scheduled time. Do not take a double dose to compensate for the missed dose.
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Content Details


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: What should be discussed with my doctor before I start the medication of Biotin?

A: Give a detailed account of your medical and surgical history. Also, mention to your doctor about all the prescription and non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements and herbal preparations that you may be taking before you start this medication.

Q: What should I know regarding the storage conditions of the medicine?

A: The medicine should be stored in a cool, dry place away from children.
Last Updated on: 24 Dec 2020 | 01:48 PM (IST)

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