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Who should not use vitamin A?

You should not use vitamin A if you are allergic to it. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include hives, breathing difficulties, and swelling of the face and mouth area. Do not use vitamin A unless you consult your health care professional if you are taking birth control pills; bexarotene (Targretin); acitretin (Soriatane); isotretinoin (Accutane, Sotret, Claravis, Amnesteem); cholestyramin (Questran, Prevalite); tretinoin (Vesanoid); or a blood thinner, such as warfarin (Coumadin).

Inform your healthcare professional if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are nursing because large doses of the vitamin can cause birth defects and may affect a nursing child. Individuals who have liver disease and high alcohol consumption can risk liver damage from vitamin A. Smokers who drink alcohol and take beta-carotene (a form of vitamin A) can have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and lung cancer.

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