Who should not take beta-carotene?

You should not take a beta-carotene supplement unless it has been explicitly recommended for you by your doctor. You should not take beta-carotene if you already have high levels of vitamin A in the body, are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to get pregnant, have liver disease or kidney disease or have allergies to vitamin A, food dyes or preservatives. Also, do not take beta carotene supplements at the same time as mineral oils, cholestyramine or orlistat, as a negative interaction could occur. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist about forming a medication schedule to avoid a possible drug interaction.

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