Are there any risks in taking beta-carotene?

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Taking beta-carotene has some risks. Your doctor may recommend that you avoid taking a beta-carotene supplement if you:
  • already have high levels of vitamin A in your body
  • are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to get pregnant
  • have liver disease or kidney disease
  • are allergic to vitamin A, food dyes, or preservatives
This supplement, like any medication, should only be taken as directed by your doctor, because overdose, vitamin A poisoning, and other side effects could occur. Side effects can include, but are not limited to:
  • diarrhea
  • having an orange or yellow tint to the whites of your eyes, face, palms, feet, hands, and other areas of your skin
  • weakness or exhaustion
  • joint soreness
  • dry skin or skin that cracks
  • darkened urine
If you are allergic to beta-carotene you may have a reaction that includes itching, swelling, hives, or rashes. Speak to your doctor before taking this or any other supplement.