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What are the risks of taking retinol?

Certain medical conditions and medications may increase your risk for complications associated with retinol, or vitamin A.

People who have liver disease, consume excess alcohol, or smoke are more likely to develop vitamin A toxicity, or hypervitaminosis A. If you take too much retinol or are hypersensitive to it, you can also develop vitamin A toxicity.

You should not take retinol if you are allergic or have a hypersensitivity to this supplement.

Talk to your doctor about proper amounts of retinol and vitamin A during pregnancy. Too much retinol during pregnancy can cause birth defects, such as a bulge in the child's skull, similar to a brain tumor.

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