Biotin and Folic Acid for hair loss? B12?

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wednesday77
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   Posted 11/25/2007 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
So I posted before that my hair had started to thin and fall out last year and now it is growing back - I am afraid it is going to happen again so am looking into different supplements (can't hurt, right?)  My dr has me taking 1 mg Folic Acid - he said it is to protect my intestines since I am at increased risk with the Crohn's to develop cancer someday.  I also take a Women's One-A-Day multi-vitamin which has 400 mcg of Folic Acid, which says it is 100% of your RDA.  Can you take too much folic acid? 
 
Also, can I take Biotin too?  I read that is good, any suggestions for a brand? 
 
I have noticed that several people get B12 injections - why is that?  I get B12 in my multi, should I be looking into a supplement for that too?
 
Thanks! :) 

teddybearweiser
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   Posted 11/25/2007 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi wednesday, I give my self a B-12 injection. My body does not make B-12 anymore since I had my surgery.
I also take a vitamin centrum everyday.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007
 


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 11/25/2007 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Weds if you have disease in your terminal illium then you probably need shots (possible sublingual), because your body can't absorb b-12 oral.
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inflamed
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   Posted 11/25/2007 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Biotin works great for skin, hair, and nails. I've never had to do injections.
Currently in remission!


straydog
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   Posted 11/25/2007 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I am B12 shots because it was low, per my doc low B12 leades to anemia. Susie


Zazucat
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   Posted 11/25/2007 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I swear by biotin. I lost a lot of hair from sickness and then from Imuran and since going off Imuran and sticking with 3000-4000 mg of biotin a day my hair is growing back in little wispies. I get small bottles from Target, I can't remember how many per bottle but they last me a few weeks to a month and they're less than $2.
 


Trsora1
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   Posted 11/26/2007 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
im glad to know that im not the only one that lost my hair on top. The thinning is terrible. And is starting to grow back but ladies you understand it was once middle of my back and now it fell out so had to cut it to above ears. Was very hard. I do take biotion and a multivitamin if i remember.

bektold
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   Posted 11/26/2007 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Any vitamin will cause problems if you take too much of it.  That said, I did a quick search on folic acid and didn't find any dire warnings.  I started taking a folic acid/B12 combo about a month ago, when my hair was coming out by the handful, and I've seen a big improvement.  It's not growing in again yet, but it's not falling out like it was.

I've heard that the amount of biotin in a multivitamin is a good way to judge the quality of the suppliment.  Biotin is one of the more expensive vitamins, so to cut costs a cheaper multi might only have 10%, while a better quality one will have more.


curley
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   Posted 11/26/2007 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking Folic Acid for the last four years and I have been on B-12 shots for the last three years now.
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wednesday77
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   Posted 11/26/2007 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
bektold said...

I've heard that the amount of biotin in a multivitamin is a good way to judge the quality of the suppliment.  Biotin is one of the more expensive vitamins, so to cut costs a cheaper multi might only have 10%, while a better quality one will have more.


Any suggestions on a good multivitamin?  I take Women's One-A-Day but would like to know if I should be taking something different, especially if it's more easily/readily absorbed.

tinglebell
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   Posted 11/26/2007 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
My sister swears by Usana products and then she orders me some. Essential chelated mineral and mega antioxidant. These seem to have all the vitamins in adequate amts. The second one has biotin and b12.

I forgot to add that I am a perfect example of a B12 defficiency. I have not been able to work for 2 yrs now, due to neuro/memory problems "NOT anemia" as most folks, even docs are led to believe. I always thought because I was not anemic and ate well that I didn't need shots. Wrong. I don't absorb because I lost 3 feet+ of ileum. Some people don't absorb because of sm intestinal scar tissue and  taking meds like protonix pepcid etc.


DIANNE
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Post Edited (tinglebell) : 11/26/2007 10:33:46 PM (GMT-7)


karendee
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   Posted 11/27/2007 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   

I take Biotin, B12 and Folic acid (when I remember) I too have hair loss from Imuran mad

Karen


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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort (take zofran for nausea now)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Also have Arthritis, and feel like I am falling apart sometimes...


bektold
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   Posted 11/28/2007 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
wednesday2007 said...
bektold said...

I've heard that the amount of biotin in a multivitamin is a good way to judge the quality of the suppliment.  Biotin is one of the more expensive vitamins, so to cut costs a cheaper multi might only have 10%, while a better quality one will have more.


Any suggestions on a good multivitamin?  I take Women's One-A-Day but would like to know if I should be taking something different, especially if it's more easily/readily absorbed.
When I left the hospital after diagnosis, the nutritionist wanted me on a chewable vitamin for better absorption.  I wasn't physically up to a lot of shopping at the time, so I just picked the best option out of the vitamin aisle in the grocery store.  I'm sure there are better formulations out there, but I take Centrum chewables, and they do make a difference for me.  When the bottle runs low I'll do some research and see if I can find a more complete product.
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