Hi! I’m a 25 yr-old female and have recently seen a dermatologist who told me that my hair loss is most probably due to my taking of Roaccutane (have stopped since about 2 to 3 months ago).. I understand that Roaccutane is a form of vitamin A, so is it okay for me now to consume health supplements that contain vitamin A 5000IU (daily)? Will hair loss be accentuated? thanks for advising!
Roaccutane is an active anti-acne medication containing the active ingredient isotretinoin. One of the side effects of this medication is hair loss. Although hair loss could also be one of the rare side effects of vitamin A, I am not sure they are acting through the same mechanism. In fact, hair loss is mentioned as a rare side effect in many drugs. If you take supplements containing vitamin A and your hair loss gets worse, then it might be an indication to stop the supplement and consult a doctor.