What is Biotin?

Category: Supplements

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Biotin is a vitamin found in small amounts in numerous foods. It is used for preventing and treating biotin deficiency associated with pregnancy, long-term tube feeding, malnutrition, and rapid weight loss.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Hair loss 65 27
General health 56 22
Hair thinning 51 16
Multiple sclerosis 19 20
Brittle nails 9 4
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 4 4

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 5
None 78

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Biotin

Side effect Patients
Hair loss 2
Blurry vision 1
Constipation 1
Diarrhea 1
Feet tingling 1
Increased insomnia 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Biotin

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 10
100 mg three times daily 10
2.5 mg daily 9
5 mg daily 8
300 mg daily 5
10 mg twice daily 4
10,000 mcg daily 4
5,000 mcg daily 3
5,000 mg daily 3
1 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Biotin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 10
Other 10
Expense 9
Course of treatment ended 5
Doctor's advice 3
Side effects too severe 3
Personal research 1
See all 30 patients who've stopped taking Biotin

Duration

Currently taking Biotin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 40
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Biotin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 65
Usually 16
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 67
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 7
$25-49 13
< $25 36
Not specified 27
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5 patient evaluations for Biotin

Jun 29, 2015 (Started Apr 03, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

Jun 22, 2015 (Started Apr 03, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Biotin is the only available tablet for PPMS

  • 1 helpful mark

Aug 26, 2008 (Started Dec 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take 1500mg daily.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 1, 2012 (Started Jul 28, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 45 mcg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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