Generic Name: vitamin A (VYE tah min A)Brand Names: A-25, A/Fish Oil, Aquasol A
Vitamin A is found in food from animal sources and it is also produced synthetically. Vitamin A is important for the eyes and skin, and for normal growth.
Vitamin A is used to treat vitamin A deficiency.
Vitamin A may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Before taking vitamin A, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional if you have any other medical conditions, allergies, or if you take other medicines or other herbal/health supplements.Do not take a vitamin A supplement without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. Although some vitamin A is necessary for the normal development of a baby, doses in excess of the U.S. recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of 5,000 USP units per day may cause birth defects. Do not take a vitamin A supplement without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Take vitamin A exactly as directed by your doctor or as directed on the package. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Take each dose with a full glass of water.
Measure the liquid forms of vitamin A with the dropper provided.Do not take more vitamin A than is prescribed for you or than is recommended on the package. Too much vitamin A can be dangerous. Store vitamin A at room temperature away from light, moisture, and heat.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of vitamin A.
Symptoms of a vitamin A overdose include tiredness, discomfort, lethargy, upset stomach, decreased appetite, vomiting, slow or decreased growth, joint soreness, irritability, headache, drying and cracking of the lips and skin, hair loss, and yellowing of the skin.
There are no other restrictions on food, beverages, or activities while you are taking vitamin A unless otherwise directed by your health care provider.
Other, less serious side effects may occur with large doses or prolonged use of vitamin A. Notify your doctor if you experience
nausea, vomiting, or decreased appetite;
dryness or cracking of the lips or skin; or
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Before taking vitamin A, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
oral birth control pills,
cholestyramine (Questran), or
You may not be able to take vitamin A, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during your treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with vitamin A. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines or herbal/health supplements.