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Posted by WhoseLineFan on November 11, 2000 at 02:20:35:

In Reply to: vitamin A (please help) posted by angie on November 11, 2000 at 00:14:59:

: i am desperate. having just found out i have PCOS. i am very depressed. i am 23 and now have a neurological disease that left me in a wheelchair, pcos and all the wonderful symptoms that come with it and possible diabetes. tonite i drove into a guard rail. as long as i'm still around i want to try vitamin A. i've been on accutane twice and now take spiro. what brand of vitamin a do i get? what do i look for? are they all the same? thank you.

: angie

When taking Vitamin A to treat acne, you must make sure it is natural vitamin A, not synthetic vitamin A. The bottle should say 100% natural or just natural. Natural sources of Vitamin A are from cod liver oil or fish liver oil. It should say that when it lists the type of vitamin A and the Daily Value % on the label. If it doesn't say it's natural or that it comes from these sources it's likely synthetic, and don't take it. The reason you want natural vitamin A is that this eliminates nearly all potential side effects according to Dr. Mercola. On Dr. Mercola's site which is (this site doesn't sell anything, so board moderator please don't delete) he explains the that you can get nearly the same results from taking non-synthetic Vitamin A as you would from Accutane with virtually none of the side effects. There is a search engine on his site. Type in the word acne, and you'll get a list of articles. Click the one about Acne drug linked to suicide risk. At the end of that article is the doctor's suggestion for using Vitamin A. It's up to 300,000 IU a day for a couple of weeks, then 100,000 IU a day for 1 to 3 months. If you do happen to get any strange side effects like headaches or nausea, stop taking the vitamin. He has an e-mail address so you can ask him any questions about it, he responds fairly quickly. And yes, I've seen vitamin A sold in amounts of 25,000 IU softgels in stores. It's one of the cheapest vitamins, and the softgels are very small.

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