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.

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