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Old November 23rd, 2005, 07:17 PM   #1
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How much biotin do you take a day?

Currently, I take biotin in addition with a prenatal vitamin to support hair/body health. My biotin is 600 mcg. Throughout the day, I take about 3-4 which adds up to about 2400 mcg. Is this okay? I have read in some of people's hair journals that they take about 5,000 mcg. Is this safe?
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 07:53 PM   #2
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Re: How much biotin do you take a day?

Umm, I hesitate to just say yes. Biotin is water soluble so the excess should be eliminated from the body, but to be on the safe side, I would talk to a doctor before increasing biotin intake to 5000mcg.

As for me, I normally take 600mcg of biotin 3 times a day.
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Old November 24th, 2005, 05:24 AM   #3
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Re: How much biotin do you take a day?

I take 5mg a day. I have for several years.
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Old November 24th, 2005, 05:32 AM   #4
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Re: How much biotin do you take a day?

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I take 5mg a day. I have for several years.

Me too (except for the several years part: I just started on this a couple of weeks ago). I communicated with a naturopath who said 5-8 mg is a good dose and has been associated with no harmful side effects.
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Old November 24th, 2005, 06:37 AM   #5
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Re: How much biotin do you take a day?

Because I recently went off Propecia (had been taking it for over 7 years!), I increased my supplementation. I began taking 1 600mcg pill daily (GNC brand), along with some other "new" things, and increases in the standby supps. I'm curious to know the long-term effect on my hair, if it helps me mane-tain or even possibly improve.
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Old November 24th, 2005, 07:02 AM   #6
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Re: How much biotin do you take a day?

I take 2600mcg per day.
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Old November 24th, 2005, 07:27 AM   #7
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Re: How much biotin do you take a day?

Just to let you know.. from what I've read on these boards, too much biotin, for some people causes acne and/or headaches. (I believe it was 5mg, but I'm not entirely sure) Especially as far as the headaches are concerned, proceed with caution, possibly slowly increase your biotin, and if you are not presently keeping a journal you may want to. This will help you determine if it is the Biotin causing the headaches or something else, and what dose does cause the headaches and what does not.

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Old November 24th, 2005, 08:22 AM   #8
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Re: How much biotin do you take a day?

actually I'd like to broaden the question is that's ok. How much biotin, and do you take it in divided doses or all at once? How many doses a day?

I personally take 566.6 ug twice a day (total 1133.2 ug). 66.6 ug in my HSN vitamin plus 500 ug in a separate biotin supplement. I've been thinking of increasing to 3 times a day.

Of course when my HSN runs out I"m switching to ultra nourish hair which has 600 ug in a dose (twice a day for a total of 1200 ug). And I'm also considering switching to a 600 ug separate supplement...which would give me a total of 1200 ug twice a day or 2400ug TOTAL. I'll switch the supplements one at a time so that I increase my dose from 566.6 ug to 600 ug then to 1100 ug then finally up to 1200 ug rather than jumping up all at once.

GNC sells a 2500 ug supplement...but I don't think I'm ready to "go there".

BTW I summed up all the responses to this and other biotin threads elsewhere on the site and came up with an average supplementation of 2562 ug. The range of responses was 1000 ug to 5000 ug.
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Old November 24th, 2005, 09:00 AM   #9
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Re: How much biotin do you take a day?

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I take 5mg a day. I have for several years.
Same here.
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Old November 24th, 2005, 10:06 AM   #10
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Re: How much biotin do you take a day?

I only take 60 mcg./day, because of my severe headache problems. That's about 20% of the RDA. I depend on my diet, which is generally quite healthful, to take care of the rest. I might try to slowly increase as soon as these headaches get under control. It'll be the only thing I increase so that I can tell if it's causing increased headaches, should they happen, rather than something else.

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Old November 24th, 2005, 10:16 AM   #11
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Re: How much biotin do you take a day?

I don't take any synthetic vitamins. I hate the idea of off-balancing my system... I firmly believe in eating a healthy diet (which excludes several "special" things rather than it does include any).
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Old November 24th, 2005, 10:21 AM   #12
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Re: How much biotin do you take a day?

2500mcg a day... 1250 at a time normally.
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Old November 24th, 2005, 11:37 AM   #13
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Re: How much biotin do you take a day?

Three 500mcg pills at once, so 1500 a day. I was on them before and slowly raised my dose up to 2000mcg over four weeks but started getting bad acne at that dose. Now I am sticking at 1500 for a while.
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Old November 25th, 2005, 07:26 AM   #14
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Re: How much biotin do you take a day?

Hey, I recently started taking this Biotin pill that has 1500mg in each pill, and I take it every day in the morning.

I also noticed acne (around PMS time, so I just blamed that) and weird headaches that make my eyes hurt, too.

So, stupid question: is the biotin to blame? And what can I do? I still have such a huge thing of these pills left! Don't just want to dump them. . .do I?

I talked to my doctor, and all he did was point out that the other vitamin I take (One a Day Women's) has biotin (just not much). What should I do?
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Old November 25th, 2005, 07:34 AM   #15
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Re: How much biotin do you take a day?

QuiteContrary, I'd stop taking the biotin for a while and see if the headaches go away. If they do, it is probably the biotin. If you want to make absolutely sure it is the biotin, you can start taking it again and see if they start up again, if they do, it is DEFINATELY the biotin!

The problem may simply be the amount that you are taking. Depending on the type of vitamin you have you maybe able to cut it in half to get a smaller dose. The other option rather than simply dumping them (if they are in fact the problem) is going to the Swap board & swapping your Biotin for a hair toy!

Best of luck to you!!

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