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Biotin is a water soluble B-complex vitamin needed for normal growth and development of skin and hair and maintenance of a healthy nervous system and bone marrow. It is used to prevent and treat biotin deficiency associated with pregnancy, long-term tube feeding, malnutrition, and rapid weight loss. It is also used orally for hair loss, brittle nails, skin rash in infants (seborrheic dermatitis), diabetes, and mild depression. 

How it works

Biotin is a component of important enzymes involved in breakdown and utilization of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It is also known to be involved in important DNA processes.

Common side effects


Expert advice

Do consult your doctor if you are receiving kidney dialysis as higher doses of biotin may be needed. Do consult your doctor before taking biotin if you have,
  • Kidney disease.
  • Undergone stomach surgery.
  • If you smoke.
Do inform your doctor about all medications currently taken before starting biotin supplementation.

Frequently asked questions


Q. What is essvit/biotin forte?
Essvit and Biotin forte are trade names for biotin supplements.
Q. Is biotin/biotin forte safe?
Yes. Biotin forte is a trade name for biotin supplement. Biotin is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is biotin harmful?
No. Biotin is not harmful if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor. No side effects following biotin use have been reported at appropriate doses.
Q. Is biotin good for hair/ effective for hair loss/ used for hair growth/ good for beard growth?
Yes. Biotin, a B-complex vitamin is needed for the normal growth and maintenance of hair.
Symptoms of biotin deficiency include thinning of hair and loss of hair color. Biotin supplements may be taken to reduce hair loss. There are no scientific evidences to support use of biotin for beard growth.

Q. Is biotin forte gluten free?
Yes. Biotin forte is free from any protein source that can contain gluten. However, please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use.

Content on this page was last updated on 04 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)