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Biotin supplements may interfere with lab results

People who take high levels of biotin in dietary supplements may experience clinically significant false lab test results that could result in dire health consequences, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Safety Communication. The agency said it has seen an increase in the number of reported adverse events, including one death, related to biotin interference with lab tests. Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, is a water-soluble vitamin often found in multivitamins, prenatal vitamins, and dietary supplements marketed for hair, skin and nail growth. Many dietary supplements contain biotin levels up to 650 times the recommended daily intake ... Read More

Biotin supplements can interfere with blood tests

Biotin supplements – especially in high doses – are often marketed for presumptive health benefits such as stimulating hair growth and treating conditions like biotinidase deficiency, diabetes, lipid disorders, and diabetic periphernal neuropathy. But high amounts of biotin in a person’s bloodstream “can interfere with laboratory tests and cause a false diagnosis of conditions including hyperthyroidism or result in a misdiagnosis of congestive heart failure,” according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Clinicians may want to ask about biotin ingestion even if assay results are not suspect because biotin interferences can cause either falsely ... Read More