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Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Crystal Rollison, Community Member, asks

Q: Can biotin cause weight gain if taken at 5000 mcg's a day?

I have gained about 20 lbs in the past two months. I am usually 140 at 5'3 and have never gained that kind of weight other than when I was pregnant with my children. I am 35 years old and eat very healthy; don't smoke; rarely drink; and exercise during the day. I was advised by my doctor to take biotin to replace the prenatel vitamins that were recommended by a friend. I wanted to have healthy hair. She said to take biotin but not how much. I immediately began taking biotin at 5000 mcg's a day, finding my appetite to never be satisfied. Now, I have stopped taking them and was slowen in my hands and feet for about a week and experienced severe numbness in my fingers and bad tingling. I still have the problem with my fingers; yet, fortunately, not as severe. My feet aren't swollen either, and I have a normal appetite again. I am very aware of how I feel and what I am taking. I keep a daily log of my activity and compare all the problems or solutions. My dr. told me that taking or stopping biotin shouldn't had anything to do with either of my problems. I appreciate what she was telling me but I find it hard to believe this is mere coincidence. My husband and both my teenagers noticed a dramatic change in my eating and weight gain. I dearly hope someone will be able to answer this puzzling question and it would be so appreciated. As of now, I am taking fish oil at 1000 mg's a day along with my vitamin c at 1000 mg's a day. Thank you for your consideration and time that you have put into my question. I look forward to hearing from someone who has knowledge that I am just not sure about. Sincerely, Crystal Rollisoncollege exam was an A: )

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Cort, Health Guide
5/20/10 12:34am

I'm certainly not an expert in this. You were taking alot of biotin but excess biotin is believed to be excreted in the urine and I couldn't find any reports of side effects. However, some people have unusual reactions to seemingly harmless substances. I know somebody who had a terrible reaction to vitamin B12 - he just felt worse and worse until he stopped taking at which point his health rebounded. Alot of vitamins are not well studied either - researchers just don't know the negative side effects of taking large amounts of them. So long as your weight gain and numbness are disappearing then I would just go with your gut on this: for some reason you had a bad reaction to biotin.  

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Crystal Rollison, Community Member
11/ 8/10 1:56pm

Hey there!!! Im not sure who you are; yet, that is not the objective. I am flattered that someone took the time to answer this question. I agree completely. It's funny how I found that you answered my question: I was searching my name in the web address bar just for kicks and saw this link posted on the webpage that came up with my name and this content available. I actually forgot about becoming a member and that I had asked this...not to mention the fact that I never really anticipated on anyone replying to my question. I want to thank you so much. I just had a small stroke about two months ago and it caused me to have bells palsy on the right side of my face. The vision in my right eye was becoming extremely blurry. I am now on new heart meds and have given up alot of eating habits I had before. I've lost about 8 pounds and feel better than I have in about 3 years. Please don't hesitate to post back and you can find me on Facebook as well. Sincerley grateful, Crystal Rollison

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Roxi, Community Member
3/15/11 1:30pm

This is sooo funny....I wanted to research the absolute same thing as Crystal Rollison....I have a B-12 deficiency, and besides taking B12 shots bi weekly, I was told to take Biotin 5000mcg. for my hair problem.  So, as I have been taking the Biotin for the past month...I have gained 13 pounds!   I have not changed anything else except this.   I am an exercise instructor, and get plenty of exercise, and watch my diet for the most part.  I DO cheat once in a while...but not 13 pounds worth...so I read the bottle of my Biotin...and it struck me strange that it claimed it supported metabolization from carbs and fat...well,that to me sounded like it could be my weight problem...so that is why I was researching the product/weight gain possibility, and saw this question from Crystal Rollison....yeah Crystal.....thanks...you just helped me with the decision to quit the Biotin.....now...should I quit it all together...or the amount dosage?  My B-12 level is normal now that I have taken the shots for almost a year....so what do yu think???   Roxi  Natalie

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Anita, Community Member
1/14/12 3:49pm

I'm not in the medical field; but I also wondered if taking Biotin at 5000 mcg. could cause weight gain.  I started taking the pills (on the advice of my physician due to my hair loss) about two weeks ago. Almost immediately I noticed a weight gain of four pounds within three days.  Considering I've been dieting for the past year (having lost 70 lbs), I found my weight gain to be disconcerting at the very least.  As was mentioned above, I always seem to be hungry now as well although I wasn't before I started taking Biotin.  After reading these comments, I'm going to err on the side of caution and stop taking Biotin and see if I can stop my weight gain as well as get into a losing weight mode again.

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Crystal Rollison, Community Member
5/20/12 3:15pm

Hey Anita, I am so glad you were able to get some kind of resolution to the problem. I hope your doing good. I can't believe this is the second time I have been back on this same website link and completely forgot about ever asking in the first place. I was just about to start taking biotin again and decided to search for answers and the first thing I click on is my question from 2010... crazy. GOD bless you and have a wonderful week: )

 

Crystal Rollison

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Anita, Community Member
1/14/12 3:51pm

I'm not in the medical field; but I also wondered if taking Biotin at 5000 mcg. could cause weight gain.  I started taking the pills (on the advice of my physician due to my hair loss) about two weeks ago. Almost immediately I noticed a weight gain of four pounds within three days.  Considering I've been dieting for the past year (having lost 70 lbs), I found my weight gain to be disconcerting at the very least.  As was mentioned above, I always seem to be hungry now as well although I wasn't before I started taking Biotin.  After reading these comments, I'm going to err on the side of caution and stop taking Biotin and see if I can stop my weight gain as well as get into a losing weight mode again.

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Crystal Rollison, Community Member
5/20/12 3:10pm

Hey Roxi: ) dont know if your still checking this website out but I was so glad to see this from you. I hate to give any advice anymore, due to the lack of understanding when it comes to my own health issues. I wish I was motivated enough to even go to an instructor; however, your progress is wonderful to hear       Smile Wow!! This is the second time I have forgotten about this research and answer too. I completely forgot about this website and ran into it after looking up the same question when I google searched. So many things have changed and now I have found out I have a metabolic blood disorder. I just wanted to say thank you so much for submitting that thoughtful and insightful response... GOD bless and have a beautiful week.

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drmom5, Community Member
7/27/14 3:01am

OMG! WHAT metabolic defect?  We have some mitochondrial/metabolic defect.  When I take biotin, my feet and legs swell up so much it's painful.  I've been searching and searching for what mutation makes one unable to metabolism biotin.

And yes, when I took a B100, I gained weight like crazy.

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Crystal Rollison, Community Member
5/20/12 3:17pm

Hey Roxi, I am so glad you were able to get some kind of resolution to the problem. I hope your doing good. I can't believe this is the second time I have been back on this same website link and completely forgot about ever asking in the first place. I was just about to start taking biotin again and decided to search for answers and the first thing I click on is my question from 2010... crazy. GOD bless you and have a wonderful week: )

 

Crystal Rollison

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monica, Community Member
6/11/12 6:11pm

ok after reading everyone commments I have to believe that my weight gain is from taking Biotin and will stop taking them. Yes the hair growth is nice But the weight gain isnt:-(

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Crystal Rollison, Community Member
5/20/12 3:04pm

Smile Wow!! I completely forgot about this website and ran into it after looking up the same question when I google searched. So many things have changed and now I have found out I have a metabolic blood disorder. I just wanted to say thank you so much for submitting that thoughtful and insightful response... GOD bless and have a beautiful week.

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Tamster, Community Member
8/ 1/12 10:37pm

I could be wrong but I believe biotin has a lot of B vitiamins in it correct? I have been experiencing neuropathy in my toes and fingers and even parts of my face. My doctor did a blood test and found that I had dangerously high levels of vitamin b6.. If you are low in b6 you can have neuropathy episiodes.. But if you are high you also get thema and it can be very dangerous. I was at 950 and normal is 250. I was drinking alot of vitamin waters and taking emergen- C etc to prevent colds. 

I think you just took too much of the biotin

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nlvenezia, Community Member
9/ 6/14 8:16am
I've been taking 5000 mcg''s of biotin for about a month now and I have noticed about a 7 pound weight gain! I exercise, eat right and try to eat healthy and I still gained weight. So when I asked myself what I had been doing differently in the last month I came up with taking the biotin! At that point I googled biotin and weight gain and I was astounded at what I found! So many other people were experiencing the same thing! As of a few days ago I have stopped using biotin altogether. The hair and nail growth are not worth the weight gain. Also I was growing additional hair on my arms and legs as well and shaving my legs every day! My question now is: does anyone have any idea how long it takes your body to rid itself of the biotin and lose the additional pounds? Help! Reply
Erica, Community Member
4/12/11 11:09pm

I am glad to see that I am not alone in the weight gaining department!  (Not that I'm happy that you ladies are gaining weight but I was like "what is going on?")  I started taking biotin about 3 months ago and I have gained about 15 lbs!  I watch my diet and exercise regularly and I just couldn't understand why I was gaining this weight.  I tried cutting back and dieting over the past 2 weeks and nothing has helped so thats when I decided to research it.  I take a multivitamin daily and the woman that cuts my hair suggested that I take biotin to help my hair grow faster and healthier.  I noticed a difference during the 1st month with my hair and nails but since then my nails have stopped growing and I don't see much of a difference in my hair anymore.  I'm not sure if I would recommend taking biotin to anyone after this experience!  Thanks for your help ladies!  ---Erica :)

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Crystal Rollison, Community Member
5/20/12 3:22pm

Hey Erica, you are so welcome. I am glad you noticed the difference and it didn't become worse for you.

I hope your doing good. I can't believe this is the second time I have been back on this same website link and completely forgot about ever asking in the first place. I was just about to start taking biotin again and decided to search for answers and the first thing I click on is my question from 2010... crazy. GOD bless you and have a wonderful week: )

 

Crystal Rollison

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Griffin, Community Member
5/10/11 3:44pm

Hello everybody,

I just want to say to all of you--thank God for you!  I was wondering why all of my fitness efforts were being undermined.  I have always been a big girl, but last summer I got down to 209 with a goal of seein 1somethingsomething by the end of the year.  At the same time, I'd shaven my hair in solidarity with my friend who was undergoing chemo for the first time.  I wanted my hair to grow back thicker, so I listened to the advice of some Joe Blow and bought Biotin.  I have been popping these pills since last Spring, and now I have gained 13 pounds, eating the same stuff, exercising the same way, and moving as much as possible.  I am about to flush these "skin, hair, nail pills" down the friggin drain, and now know that I am not crazy and my body is also sane.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Celebrate with me, ladies, as I FLUSSSSSSHHHHHH!

Today, I just happend to google Biotin and weight gain, realizing in an epiphany that taking those pills was the only thing I was doing different.  I did this after being so hungry that I ate raw spaghetti. PATHETIC!

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Crystal Rollison, Community Member
5/20/12 3:29pm

Absolutely happy for you, Griffin. I am astonished to see all the replies and responses end up being the same thing... not a good thing. I celebrate with you and thanks for being honest and enthusiastic. I have a feeling that biotin is like prenatel vitamins; these supplements are supposed to make you hungry, so you desire to eat properly, if not more, when your child is relying on the food as well and the vitamins. And prenatel vitamins are made to make you naturally gain weight, which can promote proper fatty acids and certain cholestrerol's that you need when you don't feel like eating properly. It's starting to add up for me. God bless you and have a beautiful day.

 

Crystal Rollison

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Distance Runner, Community Member
7/11/11 2:31am

Hello...I am a middle-age male who  started taking 5000 mcg of Biotin 2x daily 8 months ago. Since then, I have gone from a 28 inch waist to a 32 inch waist. I have had a 28 inch waist since High School and was wondering what could be causing this sudden weight gain? Well, you would think that I would have at least read what the label clearly stated on the Biotin bottle..."Promotes Carbohydrate, Fat & Protein Metabolism..." which I admitt I hadn't. I intend to discontinue using Biotin as a dietary supplement and will be curious to see what happens?

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Crystal Rollison, Community Member
5/20/12 3:34pm

Thanks so much for letting us know this. I am so glad to hear this successful story; biotin promotes what the body is deficient of and we are all so blessed by GOD to have the foods, water, etc... that is necessary. So, I am wondering if is biotin one of those supplements used in prenatel vitamins: pregnant women, as I myself have experienced, will loose their appetite due to constant nausea, anxiety over the baby, stress, etc... and the pill will promote the body to use or store needed essentials left in the body to function properly.

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Ginna, Community Member
9/30/11 12:35am

Thank GOD I am not alone! I have been taking biotin for 8 months now recommended by my dermatologist for hair strenthening. I started out taking 1000mcg and later increased to the 5000mcg. I have gained close to 20 pounds since I've started. I have always been an anything eater and it never a change my weight until now. I love that the biotin has helped with my hair growth and nails are super healthy but now the added pounds seem to be causing my blood pressure to increase. I am 5'7" and has always weighed no higher than 139lbs. I am now 157lbs. 18 lbs in eight months time. I have stopped the biotin and now seeking other ways to promote my hair grow.

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Crystal Rollison, Community Member
5/20/12 3:39pm

This is exactly what I have been dealing with and now I have been on blood pressure medicane for over a year now, since I found out I have metabolic blood disorder. I have to admit, I eat healthy but I eat really bad things to, but I was getting worse when taking the biotin. I am so glad to hear that your doing better and are aware of what your changes are. God Bless you and this helped to read your response.

 

Crystal Rollison

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Melanie, Community Member
10/ 6/11 11:36pm

I have actually been taking biotin for about 6 months and I have lost 24 pounds!  However, I have changed my diet as well.  Also, my hair has grown a lot and my nails are stronger.  There is nothing in biotin that causes weight gain. A pill or anything else with zero calories does not cause weight gain.  Maybe, some of you had a greater appetite because biotin speeded up your metabolism but your eating habits caused the weight gain not the biotin.

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Mia, Community Member
2/14/12 11:48am

I agree i started taken biotin 1000mcg last year didnt see any weight gain. But when i started taking 5000mcg. Just 2 months ago i noticed my stomach FAT decreasing so did my husband i do exercise about 3 times a week..my body seems to be getting more tone. i can eat pasta and bread my stomach doesnt blew up like balloon. it has keep my 47 year old acne down on my face..i really feel that biotin helped me boost my metabolism with excerising lose inches. Good luck to everyone Mia, CT

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Nett, Community Member
4/27/12 11:28pm

I don't know if I agree with that. I think this biotin reacts to people in different ways. I am on the web seeking information right now because I just started taking biotin and in one week my stomach is like swollen. I gained 3 pounds in the last couple of days. I was becoming very concerned because I am very anal about my weight and when I saw the scale literally increasing before my eyes I began to read these reviews. The biotin is the only thing that I have done differently. After reading these comments I know it is not a coincidence. 

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Crystal Rollison, Community Member
5/20/12 3:47pm

Nett, thank you so much for sending this feedback. I can't believe I forgot I had done this research back in 2010 and ended up considering the same thing about two days ago. I was searching and it happened to bring me to my question on this website from 2010. I didn't know that so many people had responded to my question and gave their concerns and possible resolutions. I have to admit that the other person was right about eating habits, but it was so strange how quickly it caused me to have weight gain that's out of the ordinary and the way I was feeling. I do belive your right; Biotin and any other types of questioning supplements could always be a contributing factor: And if you notice significant change, while at the same time, taking something or even eating something you have never had before should be considered. God bless you and have a beautiful and wonderful day.

 

crystal rollison

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Christy, Community Member
11/ 5/12 10:41am

I agree with the weight gain being on Biotin. I am very sensetive on my weight and after being on biotin for 30 days plus, I have ran for 4 weeks straight 3-4 miles and say and have lost not WEIGHT. Actually gained 4 pounds in this month.  This is the only thing that I have done differently is taking BIOTIN. I go for the shorter hair then the weight gain.

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Anais, Community Member
2/23/12 12:39am

Hey, So I came across your question becasue I too was asking myself if biotin was causing my weight gain. I've been taking biotin 5000mcg for little over a year now and up my dosage to 7500mcg not so long ago. At first I noticed I started getting acne (Which I have never dealt with btw!) but I figured I'd just washed my face more often. Eventually the acne went away. After some time I started noticing a new side effect! Weight gain!!!! I went from being 100 pounds my whole life (Im 4'11 jejee) to 115!!! I have never been this weight! So strech marks also came with the weight =( I am petite so for me, gaining 15 pounds is ALOT!! I've tried dieting, which used to work fine in the past if I would gain a couple of pounds I would just diet for 2-3 weeks and I was back to my normal weight. But this time I just cant stop eating!!! I get so anxious. Before taking biotin Iv'e never had this happen to me. So you are not alone, I've also expirienced that unsatisfiable appetite. Now I am certain that biotin might have been behind it! I am not saying that this will happen to everyone that takes biotin because people react differently. But for me, biotin had these effects.

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Crystal Rollison, Community Member
5/20/12 3:55pm

Well hello Anais: ) This was really cool of you to give information about your own experiences which could be extremely helpful to others. I was the first one to ever ask the question in 2010 and felt that I had to figure out something. Biotin is some form of a non-prenatal solution. Many have posted that they wanted healthy hair, nails, and sking; however, they ended up telling the same thing I had been through. Prenatal vitamins are used to help women eat good and retain necessary nutrients that they aren't able to get due to not beinig able to eat or constantly throwing up. I went through the same things when I was pregnant with my 14 and 17 year old. So, it seems repititious that dr's advise not to take prenatal, which I agree with, but to take biotin instead. There is something significantly linking these two supplements together. God bless and have a beautiful day.

 

Crystal Rollison 

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King_kano, Community Member
1/ 5/13 11:08am

WEIGHT...Biotin does raise your metabolism, which means, you will be more hungry, but increased metabolism means, for you to do more!!!! Sports people, such as bodybuilders, take biotin for more punch in their gas-tank

 

To make all matters equal, yes, higher metabolic rate, means you need to do more, not the same, or less and diet must be adjusted to include real food

 

Stretched Marks...I find it hard to believe, you got stretch marks, from gaining 15 pound...I gained well over 40 pounds, and lost weight, and not had a single stretch mark...A lot of skin I wish would go away, but stretch marks?...My guess is you are underweight, and perhaps, 105 to 110 is good for you, if it is placed in proportionately throughout the body

 

If you take biotin again, reduce your biotin amount, 2,000 mcg and if you get acne, drink more water, it is water soluble B vitamin and look close at your diet...Be honest about food intake...Many people have given me their food list, and it is not a good diet, and no the food pyramid, is not good either...It is merely for profit and marketing reasons

 

You can by biotin is large doses and cut in half, and even just take 2 to 3 times a week...As I said, it is a trace water soluble vitamin, part of the B family, but it is to be taken with caution...Yes, your normal weight came

 

Acne, yes, of course, because you are not eating right, and Biotin, does require more Vitamin B5, to balance the vitamin table, inside...Biotin and B5, improve hair and skin by helping the body replace natural oils, but you need to eat right and take small doses of B5, BUT DO NOT TAKE, TOGETHER, YOU WILL NEED TO TAKE TOO MUCH, TAKE THE B5 ON OFF DAYS

 

If you experience acne, it is clear, you need B5 more than you need Biotin, so take less Biotin and more b5...My suggestion is, and I am not a doctor, is to take B5, M-W-F and biotin on Sunday and Tuesday, wash your face more, but carefully...Use mild face washes, as recommended for people with acne

 

There is no law which says you must take Biotin, every day and the recommended dose, just do not take more...With Biotin, a little goes a long way...Sometimes less is better

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Naomii84, Community Member
5/16/13 9:41am

I have been taking biotin for a few months (Just 1000mcg/day) and a good multivitamin (opti-women). I've noticed a positive difference in my skin and hair and NO WEIGHT GAIN... I believe that 5000-7500mcg is excessive and this is where the negative side effects come into play. I am no doctor (though was premed 3 1/2yrs), but even multivitamins have very small amounts of biotin in them, so taking a 1000mcg pill + your regular vitamin should be substantial. Anything can be bad in excess --even water, so please consider that when upping the dosages to ridiculous (& frivolous) amounts. 

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ISSIS, Community Member
2/28/12 6:25pm

I think the quality of the Biotin is also a factor in what type of product you are getting. Buy them from a good quality vitamin store.  You may pay more, but you will not get the weight gain.  Your stomach will be flat in a week...

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Crystal Rollison, Community Member
5/20/12 4:09pm

I was the first person to ask this question back in 2010. Your response sounds awesome. Thanks for the helpful insight. GOD bless and have a wonderful day.

 

crystal rollison

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Johanna smith, Community Member
2/29/12 6:04pm
I have been taking 10,000 mcg's of biotin for about 3 months now. I can't believe the improvement in my hair. Both in length and thickness. Also, I lost 10 pounds!! I went from 130 to 120 effortlessly. I did a lot of research on this and they say you lose weight on this because it speeds up your metabolism. I also notice my skin looks really nice. You can not overdose, or take too much of this Vitamin. Reply
Crystal Rollison, Community Member
5/20/12 4:16pm

Wow!! this is awesome!! I was the first person to ask this question in 2010 and have to say that I only dreamed of being in your position. I am very happy for you and you have every reason to be excited. GOD bless you and have a beautiful day.

 

crystal rollison

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Val, Community Member
7/21/12 7:24am

What is the brand of vitamin you are using? I think this is important factor. Weight gain may be cause by other ingredients in the biotin supply and if you lost weight I suspect you had a purer form. Please let us know.

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King_kano, Community Member
1/ 5/13 11:12am

He is taking too much and you may not over does, but Biotin, deplete the body of vitamin B5, which supports skin, keeping it soft, and youthful, also, weight gain is from the fact that Biotin increases your metabolism, which means, you will feel hungry, which means, if you eat a poor diet, or eat too much, you are only going to gain weight...Remember, garbage in, is garbage inside of you

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Val, Community Member
7/21/12 7:25am

What is the brand of vitamin you are using? I think this is important factor. Weight gain may be cause by other ingredients in the biotin supply and if you lost weight I suspect you had a purer form. Please let us know.

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Ada87, Community Member
3/14/12 9:15am

I started taking 5,000mcg of biotin back in june or july 2011, and I have gained a little more than 20 pounds since! I'm not sure if it's the biotin, but it's nearly impossible for me to lose the weight now. I've been doing very well with my calorie intake and exercising for a few months and have only lost ~3 pounds. I tried losing weight when I first started the biotin, too, because I was 20 pounds overweight. I gave up after a few months because I'd only lost ~7 pounds. I never tried losing weight before that, so I'm not sure, maybe it's just me. But if other people are having the same problem (even though this was posted ~2 years ago), I think I'll take a break from the biotin. I'll (if I remember) update soon, because I'm stopping the biotin, as of today. If nothing changes in the next 2 months, I might start it again. But for now, I'll have to limit myself on the biotin. ^-^

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Crystal Rollison, Community Member
5/20/12 4:29pm

Dear Ada, I was the first person to post this question and can't believe I forgot about doing this. I was actually considering taking biotin again and only cause I still had some from a while back. I am so glad your noticing changes that you needed to be aware of but I'm sorry you went through all this. At the same time, I even forgot why I had stopped. Reading my own question and then seeing replies and responses following tripped me out. I posted each person and felt intrigued to let you know we were on the same wave length. Pregnancy is why women can't keep foods down or cant sleep, stay anxious, etc... and biotin is probably one of those supplements used in prenatal vitamins. I think I will leave it alone. I have metabolic blood disorder and started realizing that it's possible to develope problems that wouldn't had become problems at all. I have learned so much about foods and health ever since I went from athiest to Jesus Christ and started watching this show on TBN that explaines why all the fruits and vegetables were made for us by GOD. Well, God Bless and have a super day: )

 

Crystal Rollison

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KeepItSimple, Community Member
7/19/13 4:40pm
I really dont think its necessary for you to respond to everyone's post. It's the same thing over and over and is quite redundant Reply
jonesy5143, Community Member
6/13/12 1:50pm

Why are you taking it? I am taking it because the medicine I currently take caused a drastic weight reduction and eventually I started loosing hair:( I haven't noticed any weight gain, but it is bery important that you use a very good vitamin with little fillers. Jason's also makes a biotin shampoo and conditioner for your hair.

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DiveMaster, Community Member
11/12/12 5:11pm
Hi Jonesy, plzif i may ask what was the medication that caused u a drastic weight loss? Reply
Susan H, Community Member
3/23/12 1:31pm

I just got tested for my thyroid and upon waiting for the answer from my doctor, I spotted Biotin at the pharmacy. I started using the 5000 mcg a day week about one week ago. I had experienced rapid weight gain in the last few months ( I am petite build at 5'3 and went from 128 to 152 since December) I am active and have a very low appitite due to the seizure medication I take. I weighed myself this morning and I have lost 2 pounds. I have major engergy and generally feel wonderful. I guessed it was the Biotin because nothing else has changed. With my seizure meds I always take a nap in the afternoon, but that has stopped as well. I will have my thyroid results back in a few days and I will bet it's low. Just wanted to pop in my answer...Will let you know what happens after this next week

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Crystal Rollison, Community Member
5/20/12 4:42pm

Dear Susan, I am the one who asked this question in 2010 and I'm 5'3 as well. I hope your doing good and it's good to know your feeling better. It's possible that you might need biotin due to what your body has endured from seizures and that you have a lot of natural energy. If you doctor is monitoring you and you are getting better and better than please don't undermine anything your doing that is recommended by your professionals. Of course, I was not aware of a metabolic blood disorder that I was diagnosed with about a year ago; although, I believe with the type of person I am and the way I eat, etc... I probably didn't need the biotin and it wasn't beneficial for me at the tiime. And as far as naps, I could sleep all day. I have a heart condition called attackacardia. I just found this out from my dr. about four months ago. I still feel that some supplements can hender our health if we don't need the benefits that are specifically made for specific people and conditions. I wish you a wonderful day and GOD bless you.

 

Crystal Rollison

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jennd5366, Community Member
10/24/12 12:04pm

OMG!!  I am soo glad I googled this question!! I recently had a baby last Oct 2011. I lost about 60lbs after, but along with that I lost alot of hair. My friend told me about biotin, so I started taking it. 5000mcg, 2xs a day. I started about 4months ago. All of a sudden, I started gaining weight. I think I've gained 20lbs!! And started getting cellulite in my legs, which I never had before. My appetite has gone crazy, wanting sweets!! I have never had a sweet tooth in my life!! I was thinking maybe it could have been the Biotin, but never googled it because my hair, nails, and skin have improved alot. After reading alot of these comments, I think I better STOP taking the Biotin and maybe start taking my prenatals again! Thanks Crystal!!!

 

Jennifer

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Crystal Rollison, Community Member
10/24/12 3:17pm

Innocent Hey there Jennifer! I can't believe this thread still exist and I am able to get updated emails; etc... I was sent an email showing me your response to my question. I cant tell you how happy it makes me to know that my worry and concern is the answer that has surfaced over time for you and many. I wanted to let you know that you are invited to my promoted advertisement at www.cause.com/ChristreignsinYou.com or you can facebook me. I would love to have you as a friend in Christ. When I posted this back in 2010, I was an atheist. I as confused and lost and on high dosages of antidepressants and anti anxiety medicane. God has been healing me in the past year. He is the Creator and satan is the enemy. I hope to see you and share the gospel. God bless you sweetheart and have a wonderful day.

 

Sincerley,

 

Crystal Rollison

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tre, Community Member
12/11/12 9:18am

i could not get access to the website you quoted, but congratulations on finding Jesus, and may God continue to use you for his great work of winning souls for the harvest is plentious but the labourers are few.  God bless you

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Elizabeth, Community Member
2/28/13 1:11pm

Hi Susan,

 

i have hoshimotos.. and just happen to pick up biotin at the store with some other vitamins and i'm going to try it? hopefully i don't GAIN weight like some are saying.. you seem to of had a great response to it.

 

 

Thanks!

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Ms. M, Community Member
4/11/12 11:03pm
After reading 90% of the post, I think I'm going to stop taking the Biotin. The weight gain has been explained. Now time to work it off. I'll have to get beautiful hair the old fashion way; deep conditioning and clipping the ends. Reply
Crystal Rollison, Community Member
5/20/12 4:48pm

Hey there Ms. M, so funny with the hair resolution and I agree! I am glad that the one question I had in 2010 has helped me and others. I knew that something wasn't right. I am so glad to know that you feel better about reading these post's. I understand dr's diagnose and recommend, and are very skilled and professional; however, dr's also need blood test and consultations of regular monitering so they can make sure that the individual is responding positively to the med's or supplements. God bless you and have a super week.

 

Crystal Rollison

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Always Thinking, Community Member
5/ 6/12 12:49am

I just saw on line where it states Biotin is designed to be taken by those who are are experinceing rapid weight loss. Also when as your desire eat increases so does you need to move. You should in-take about 32oz. of water a day and keep moving. 

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Crystal Rollison, Community Member
5/20/12 4:56pm

Yes!!! This is the answer. I first asked the question back in 2010 and I hope everyone else will benefit from what you found. I have been tossed back and forth for so long over this supplement. It makes complete since and this could be the same thing that is used in Prenatel vitamins for women who continue to vomit or for people who can't eat due to illness, etc... Thankyou so much and GOD bless you: )

 

Crystal Rollison

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Crystal Rollison, Community Member
5/20/12 5:01pm

Hey everyone!! Below this is an answer I have included by a person named (Always Thinking). I want to thank them for providing an answer that we have all been searching for over two years now. God bless all and peace and love in Christ Jesus. Here is the answer:

 

I just saw on line where it states Biotin is designed to be taken by those who are are experinceing rapid weight loss. Also when as your desire eat increases so does you need to move. You should in-take about 32oz. of water a day and keep moving.

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jennd5366, Community Member
10/24/12 12:05pm

OMG!!  I am soo glad I googled this question!! I recently had a baby last Oct 2011. I lost about 60lbs after, but along with that I lost alot of hair. My friend told me about biotin, so I started taking it. 5000mcg, 2xs a day. I started about 4months ago. All of a sudden, I started gaining weight. I think I've gained 20lbs!! And started getting cellulite in my legs, which I never had before. My appetite has gone crazy, wanting sweets!! I have never had a sweet tooth in my life!! I was thinking maybe it could have been the Biotin, but never googled it because my hair, nails, and skin have improved alot. After reading alot of these comments, I think I better STOP taking the Biotin and maybe start taking my prenatals again! Thanks Crystal!!!

 

Jennifer

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kath, Community Member
11/ 6/12 9:25pm
Just my personal hypothesis bit i surmise that Biotin would cause weight gain when taken in excess, only if there was no deficiency, exaggerated euough to use the chemical amd amount ingested. Reply
DiveMaster, Community Member
11/12/12 5:27pm
Hi - it is my 2nd day on Biotin 2500mcg once daily - i'd like to share my experiment as of today / i am not being hungry at all & i have sensed an increase of energy level... Thank u Reply
Carlita J, Community Member
12/ 3/12 9:50am

I was taking biotin 1000,  but uped the doze to taking 5000 mcg a day.  I think I went overboard, because within the last 2 months I have went to size 8 & 10 to 14, its no coinceidence.  I already take B12 plus vitamins & think its just too strong a doze that I don't need so it makes me gain weight.  It didn't give me a bigger appetite or anything, my diet didn't change or my eating habits, yet I gained alot of weight within a couple of months & that's how long I've been taking the 5000 mcg.  I'm no doctor but I think everyone is different & 5000 is just too much.  The one strange thing I've noticed is that my legs are bigger yet more firmer than they were when & was smaller. In my opinion sometimes more isn't better.

 

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browneyedgirl, Community Member
12/ 6/12 1:50pm

I think you are my clone!  This is exactly what happened to me.  I started taking 5000 mcg of biotin the beginning of September, on the advice of my hair stylist.  I also started an intense exercise program at the same time, so I didn't want to weigh myself and derail my progress if the scales weren't budging.  I wasn't hungrier, I didn't change my eating habits (I try to eat healthy 90% of the time).  Imagine my surprise when I jumped on the scales.  I went from 130 lbs to 141 lbs in three months!  My legs are more muscled, which I attribute to the new excercise program, but I've never gained that much weight in a short amount of time, especially not while excerising that diligently, and I surely did NOT gain 11 pounds of muscle. I think most of the weight accumulated around my belly!  I truly feel that the biotin is the culprit.  Needless to say, I am no longer taking biotin.  Hopefully I can get back on track.  I never would have let it get this far, it just so happened to coincide with the new excerise program.

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K, Community Member
12/16/12 12:17am
Omg this sounds like me...! I've been taking 5000 mg the past like 4 months and I've put on so much weight!! I was around the same as u (125ish-130) now I'm 140 ughhh I'm not taking it starting tomorrow. Have u noticed any results? Reply
browneyedgirl, Community Member
12/20/12 8:55am

I have noticed a difference.  I stopped taking it two weeks ago and I've lost about four pounds, with no effort.  I also stopped taking fish oil. 

 

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Janet, Community Member
12/11/12 10:40pm
That's weird... I guess everyone is different... But I do see majority of you all gained weight... In my case I started taking them 5000mcg and took them for over a year and noticed substantial weight loss and when I ran out I kept forgetting to go to the store and get more... Months had passed of me not taking them and I gained 10 pounds and nothing changed in my diet nor work out plan... Actually I worked out more after I stopped taking them because of the weight gain... So in my case biotin helped withe growth of my hair and also maintained my weight and promoted weight loss Reply
nick, Community Member
12/22/12 8:31pm

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Everything you have stated above is the exact same as myself..OMG!

 

i TAKE 15000 OF Biotin daily.i have also gained a heck of alot of weight and am always hungry.... we weighed the same and the only difference is i have two kids and im 2 years older..... i also exsperienced the tingling sensation in my fingers but not in my feet.. I still continue to take them , my nails wont stop growing and my hair is so much thicker....i as well use to take the prenatal pills daily ..... doing research i found that castor oil seems to be working for alot of people... check out utube.....

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King_kano, Community Member
12/31/12 3:06pm

I am not in the medical field, but I do a lot of research, and cross research, since I am insulin resistant, and this is the first article I have seen, where people gained weight from Biotin and not lost...Biotin is used, in many weight-lose programs, combinations, and seems to work well, so I am not sure what to say here, since I am out voted, but perhaps more needs to be looked into the subject of personal diet of each of you and not just the biotin...If you feel, it is the biotin, just STOP taking it, fast, but a water soluble vitamin cannot make you gain weight, only lose weight...Maybe your diet needs to be adjusted, but this is a guess, because it is calories in, calories out, (for starters) and calories, which are retained as fat...If you work out, you will eat more, your body will instinctively retain more fat, as it builds more muscle, because it will not trust you, until you take in enough calories, good calories, to quell it's fear of your increased mobility...It is part of survival...And if you are not on a low or NO alcohol, carbs, and sugar diet, stop the white foods, working out will cause you to store fat as well as muscle, and if your diet is good, you will gain muscle, less fat, and muscle weighs more than fat...Also, calories are said the be the burn rate of foods...This may be true, for amounts of food, going in, but remember, 300 calories of broccoli, ice cream, wine, or pasta, is not the same burn rate, to your body, during digestion ( digestion work forced needed) ...It is like gasoline, with an octane of Union 76 or Shell gas at 89 octane my burn well in most cars and not Mobile or Chevron, with same burn rate of 89 octane, because of the amount of water they add to the fuel, chemicals, and bla bal bal, this applies to food...Broccoli burns more calories during digestion than you take in, so it is safe to say, you will burn at least 301 calories when consuming 300 calories of broccoli but not the case with ice cream, pasta, cereal, beans, bla bla...Please stop the biotin for safety reasons, but look close at your diet...Also, nothing good is going to come from working out if you diet is wrong, it will actually get worse and it takes well over 6 months to a year and half to see muscle-mass, This is why impatient people, who wish to eat and drink what they want, work out so damn hard, ( for nothing) or in many cases, use chemicals (steroids) to work out, they want yahoo results, today...

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Paula, Community Member
1/ 5/13 9:32am

I've been taking biotin 10,000mcg for a month, my appitite has increased and I've been eating alot, but I've actually lost some weight since I've been taking biotin. I'm 5'11 and weighed 135lbs, now I weigh 130lbs Surprised However my hair looks great Cool

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King_kano, Community Member
1/ 5/13 10:40am

Yes, Biotin does affect weight loss, by adjusting your metabolism, usually up, so be careful if you eat more, which could cause you to eventually gain weight, so I have been told here...Remember, garbage in, garbage out...Eat more fruits and veggies, more quality proteins, and careful carbs, especially the white carbs such as white sugar, rice, noodles...If you can afford a juicer, water melon, rein and ll is a miracle drug

 

Yes Biotin will help hair, nails,  and with papa, and folic acid, there have been studies done to show improved hair/and or, removed gray hair, which is directly related to the health of hair follicle

 

Drink lots of water when taking any supplement, to help your kidneys and liver, function, and assimilation of the nutrients you ingest

 

Please monitor diet, well, but if weight gain is noticed and you enjoy the biotin, add Chromium Picolinate, which when taken in small doses, will help with the sugar, blood balance issue, but still nothing can replace a good diet

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Theresa, Community Member
4/22/14 11:05am

I took the biotin for the same reasons many of the posters did: hair health. I've always had great nails and hair, but as I've aged, I've noticed some thinning. I am also 5'11" and have always been lean; no cellulite or saggy arms with minimal exercise. I tiny at 135 (in college), but still slim at 150 (really..like a size 10). So the last 4-5 months since taking biotin, my weight has increased steadily about 1-2 lbs a week! I AM TRIPPIN'! My gut is bloated, but I sure have tons of energy! LOL. It looks like I swill whiskey every day! I don't eat badly and have the typical monthly sweet tooth. I exercise moderately, but not excessively. I googled to see if biotin was a factor, and I truly believe it is. Effective today, I will no longer take it. I do have the 10,000mg gel tabs that I cut and squeeze out the oil and put into my leave in conditioner. I also rub it around my hairline and I see hairs poppin' out! So, this is the route I will go. I am not fanatical about my weight as I have enjoyed a lifetime of being slender, but, I sure as heck don't like my new muffin top! gotta hit the gym and trying doing things more naturally.

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Tami, Community Member
1/ 7/13 12:41am

I started taking 5000mcg of biotin for nails and hair but i have packed on weight ..i researched it and found this.. i will stop biotin immediately and hope this weight goes away!

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Hopeful, Community Member
1/18/13 8:13am

Hi there,

I've read every last one of your post and I saw something similar in everyone's post who had gained weight using Biotin. Every last one of you started gaining weight using the 5000 mcgs. There was even a couple of posts who said they increased from 1000 or 1500 to 5000 mcg's or higher and that is when they noticed they started gaining weight or breaking out with acne. So maybe decreasing your dosages and drinking more water throughout the day would help. 

 

I am 35 years old. Over the last 5 years I have been having breakouts of mild acne and I never experienced that before in my life. I've also gained 80lbs. I've been to the doctor and I had everything checked and everything has come back negative. So the doctor's only conclusion is that I am experiencing hormonal acne and my metabolism is shot. So he recommended I take three days off of work and detox my body then start using over the counter Biotin 5000 mcgs and Vitamin D3 with a consistent workout.

 

However when I went to Target they were out of it. So I was going to stop back in later today and get some. Luckily I decided to get more info on it and started browsing the net and thank goodness I did because now I am convinced that these posts have saved me from more weight gain and pimples.

 

What I've learned from these post is that I should only use the 1000 mcgs and if I see even 1lb gained stop taking them immediately.

 

Wish me luck.

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swatz, Community Member
1/24/13 6:23am

biotin helps in carbs n protien  metabolism.. hence, hw can it lead to weight gain.. secondly, biotin is water soluble vitamin H.. so?? excess wud b flushed out of body thru urine.. i dnt understand hw so many ppl r complaining of weight gain.. 

carbs metabolism shud rather help in weight loss.. infact in many weight loss plan, biotion is included in the diet.. 

 

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mtbokc, Community Member
2/12/13 9:39am

Hello Crystal, I am about to start taking Biotin and have found your question and responses very helpful and hope you are doing well. But more than anything, I wanted you to know how excited I am that you have been saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. Even before reading about your faith, I was genuinely impressed with how pleasant and positive each of your responses were. You seem like a very nice person and I hope you continue to use your kindness to share your faith and Gods love everywhere you go. <!--?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /-->

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mtbokc, Community Member
2/12/13 9:41am

Hello Crystal, I am about to start taking Biotin and have found your question and responses very helpful and hope you are doing well. But more than anything, I wanted you to know how excited I am that you have been saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. Even before reading about your faith, I was genuinely impressed with how pleasant and positive each of your responses were. You seem like a very nice person and I hope you continue to use your kindness to share your faith and Gods love everywhere you go. <!--?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /-->

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fla.girl3, Community Member
3/ 5/13 3:03pm

Wish i would have seen this eariler today. I just went and purchased Biotin 5000 mcg for weight loss control anlong with diet and exercise. Wondering now if i should continue taking it.

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labrital, Community Member
4/12/13 12:38pm

I wasn't going to put my 2 cents in here, but I am thinking it depends on the person.  I take 10,000 mcg/day for the last year and have never had better looking skin, hair, nails and I have lost over 10 lbs.  I have not experienced any side effects at all.  I don't understand why so many are gaining weight.

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Naomii84, Community Member
5/16/13 9:43am

I have been taking biotin for a few months (Just 1000mcg/day) and a good multivitamin (opti-women). I've noticed a positive difference in my skin and hair and NO WEIGHT GAIN... I believe that 5000-7500mcg is excessive and this is where the negative side effects come into play. I am no doctor (though was premed 3 1/2yrs), but even multivitamins have very small amounts of biotin in them, so taking a 1000mcg pill + your regular vitamin should be substantial. Anything can be bad in excess --even water, so please consider that when upping the dosages to ridiculous (& frivolous) amounts. 

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Jim Orozco, Community Member
8/ 1/13 12:14am

I noticed that pretty much everyone who reported weight fain has also said they were hungrier could it be that you ate more than usually and maybe more carbs I read that someone who replied said she ate lots of spaghetti I'm taking ephedrine which is a fat burner and appetite suppressant and caffeine which has energy boosting properties and increases metabolism which I think it should cancel out any extra hunger eat every 3 hours snacks between the bigger meals 

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Missirene, Community Member
10/22/13 10:19pm

Hello ladies,

  My name is Irene and about 3 weeks ago I started taking Biotin for my hair loss. I recently lost 29 pounds in about 5 months doing low carbs and juicing. I weigh in weekly and have been gaining a pound and a half every week since I started. I bought 10, 000 mg Biotin but have been doubling up because of loosing a lot of hair. Today I was searching on the internet for the recommended dose of Biotin and came across the weight gain side effect. On some days I would even take more Biotin sometimes up to 40, 00 mg. Now after reading this I am gonna completly stop the Biotin. If it wasn't for us women sharing our stories that help each other out we would go by what our Dr's say and they only say what they read out of a book. Thank you ladies for your stories an I will check back in a few weeks and let you know any changes

 

Sincerely IreneKiss

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Emma Lauren, Community Member
11/ 1/13 12:35pm

I am 23 and have been taking biotin for 3 months. I started out taking 2500mcg, but have changed in the past month to 5000mcg. I am 5'7, and usually about 142 pounds. Since starting biotin, I have gained about 15 pounds. I haven't been eating or exercising any differently. I am taking biotin for my hair because it is so thin and doesn't grow. It has worked for my hair, but my weight has drastically increased! Now I can see many of you all have had this problem. I run and do yoga very frequently, yoga at least once a day. I am so puzzled by this weight gain. Thoughts? After reading all this, I may just quit taking it, even though it has helped my hair!

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Monica, Community Member
4/16/14 10:41am

I started taking biotin as of yesterday due to my hair never growing and to it being very thin but after reading all of you guys questions and responses, I'm kinda questioning it if I should continue or stop using it myself...I mean I know it has different effects on different people....I guess what I can do for now is continue taking it but if I see myself gaining weight out of the ordinary, biotin would have to be the reason....Thank you all for the information and advice in advance....

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Theresa, Community Member
4/22/14 11:11am

Hi Monica, I experienced the weight gain and so have many other posters. Curious as to what exactly was in the biotin capsule, I cut it open and lo and behold, it's an oily substance. So, what did I do? I rubbed it on my hairline and other thinning areas. I started doing this about 2 weeks ago and I see fine wispys coming through. I also squeeze about 4 capsules into my leave in moisturizer/conditioner (about 10oz) and shake it up everytime I use it. My hair is really full now. I have curly hair (I am black) and it super thick like when I was a little girl. I just stopped taking the biotin, so I will have to see if the weight goes away. BTW, it was the 10,000mg capsule.

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GainingWeight, Community Member
5/25/14 3:53am

I just had to share this. I started taking Biotin about 2 weeks ago and I have gained almost 5 pounds. Nothing has changed for me, but I noticed that when I started taking the Biotin my appetite started getting outrageous! I am hungry all the time and feel like I did when I was pregnant 20 years ago. My breasts, underarms and ankles have bad water rentention. I goggled Biotin and weight gain and saw this post! Thank you so much for confirming my suspicions! I will never take this supplement again! I hope the weight comes off. Usually, I am always the same weight now matter what!

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kbcpilates, Community Member
6/ 5/14 3:59am

Okay everyone.  After reading all of these posts one thing is clear:

 

Biotin taken in 5000 mcg or more SEEMS to cause side affects in people such as water retention and hence weight gain.  While folks taking around 2000 mcg are seeing the positive weight loss effects as well as improved hair, nails, skin.  I also agree that the quailty of the product is paramont.  Now my experience:

 

I have problems with hair loss and with a stressful job I gained 13 pounds in one year on top of the 5 I was already battling to lose.  I started taking Biotin for the hair loss and brittle nails, about 500 mcg a day of Biotin. The brand was one you could find at Walmart, Target, CVS, etc.  I saw no benefit to either weight or hair nails and skin. 

 

In January of this year, I started in ernest to work on the weight loss and started tracking my diet and exercise with My Fitness Pal.  For the first three months I battled to move the scale even one pound, but the problem was not being true to tracking all the food I was eating and exercising sporatically.  In March I got more serious and also started training for a 5k.  I also bought the Biotin from GNC.  The scale moved some but I seemed to stay really tired and hungry.  By April I had lost a grand total of 4 pounds, with the scale bouncing up and down between a 3 pound spread. I made two changes in April and have seen a dramatic difference. 

 

One: I stopped eating so much rice and white potatoes as well as crackers and other carbs.  I substituted sweet potatoes, 100% whole wheat bread, stopped using salad dressings, and added more fruits and vegetables.  Also cut out any sweet tea and upped my water intake.  And cut down on the amount of almonds and walnuts I was eating.  While these nuts are good for you, too many still provides a lot of fat and calories.

 

Two: Two weeks ago it was time for me to buy more Biotin.  I decided to move up to taking the 2500 mcg dosage of the Biotin from GNC. 

 

Since uping my Biotin intake and the basic diet changes, I've dropped 3 pounds in about 2 weeks.

 

My conclusion:  As someone said in their post, there is no magic bullet.  Before you blame a single change, you need to look at your diet very critically and your exercise habits.  Remember that if you do the same exercise routine day after day, you will see decreased benefits.  And it sounds like the optium dosage for Biotin is around 2000 mcg.  

 

 

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