Name: A-25

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking A-25 (vitamin A)?

Before using vitamin A, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider. You may not be able to use vitamin A if you have certain medical conditions.

Do not take vitamin A without medical advice if you are pregnant. Although some vitamin A is needed for the normal development of a baby, vitamin A can cause birth defects if taken in large doses. You may need to use a prenatal vitamin specially formulated for pregnant women.

Ask your doctor about taking vitamin A if you are breast-feeding a baby. Your dose needs may be different while you are nursing.

How should I take A-25 (vitamin A)?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Swallow the tablet or capsule whole.

Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

Never take more than the recommended dose of vitamin A. Avoid taking more than one vitamin product at the same time unless your doctor tells you to. Taking similar vitamin products together can result in a vitamin overdose or serious side effects.

Your healthcare provider may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from vitamin A. The recommended dietary allowance of vitamin A increases with age. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions. You may also consult the National Academy of Sciences "Dietary Reference Intake" or the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Dietary Reference Intake" (formerly "Recommended Daily Allowances" or RDA) listings for more information.

Store at room temperature away from light, moisture, and heat.

What other drugs will affect A-25 (vitamin A)?

Do not take vitamin A without your doctor's advice if you are also taking:

  • birth control pills;

  • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);

  • bexarotene (Targretin);

  • cholestyramine (Questran, Prevalite);

  • acitretin (Soriatane);

  • tretinoin (Vesanoid); or

  • isotretinoin (Accutane, Sotret, Claravis, Amnesteem).

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with vitamin A. Tell your healthcare provider about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take A-25?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take A-25. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.
  • Do not take more vitamin A than what your doctor told you to take. Taking more than ordered during pregnancy may cause birth defects. Talk with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

What are some other side effects of A-25?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

A-25 Overview

A-25 is a brand name medication included in the following groups of medications: Other nasal preparations, OTHER OPHTHALMOLOGICALS, Retinoids for topical use in acne, Vitamin A, plain. For more information about A-25 see its generic Retinol