Advertisement

What should I avoid while taking retinol?

There are several different medications and activities that you should avoid while taking retinol and vitamin A supplements.

Medications that may interact with retinol and vitamin A include isotretinoin, antacids, tetracycline antibiotics, doxorubicin, omeprazole, neomycin, birth control pills, Targretin (bexarotene), blood thinners, cholestyramine, tretinoin, Soriatane (acitretin), other retinoids, and orlistat.

Avoid using mineral oils while you are taking retinol.

You should also take any retinol of vitamin A supplements with food so that it is absorbed into the body more rapidly.

You should not take vitamin A or retinol if you are allergic to or have a hypersensitivity to this supplement, as you can suffer from an allergic reaction.

People who have liver disease, consume excess alcohol, or smoke should not take a vitamin A or retinol supplement.

Talk to your doctor about proper amounts of retinol and vitamin A during pregnancy, as too much or too little can lead to birth defects.

Continue Learning about Retinoids

How do retinoids help treat psoriasis?
RealAgeRealAge
Topical retinoids can be used to treat psoriasis. These are prescription vitamin A-like gels and...
More Answers
What is topical tazarotene?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Topical tazarotene (Tazorac) is a prescription drug that is applied directly to the skin. It is a re...
More Answers
What are retinoids and what role do they play in the skin?
Ben KaminskyBen Kaminsky
The retinoids, which are derivatives of vitamin A, are good examples of cell receptor activators...
More Answers
What should I know before using topical tazarotene?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
If you are breastfeeding topical tazarotene may not be a good option for you. It is not known if thi...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.