A / Fish Oil

Name: A / Fish Oil

What is A/Fish Oil (vitamin A)?

Vitamin A is found in foods such as liver, milk, cheese, eggs, carrots, squash, dark green and yellow vegetables, and fruits such as cantaloupe or apricots. Vitamin A is important for the eyes and skin, and for normal growth.

Vitamin A is used to treat vitamin A deficiency.

Vitamin A may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking A/Fish Oil (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.

A/Fish Oil (vitamin A) side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects are more likely to occur, and you may have none at all.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect A/Fish Oil (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.