Biotin and headaches

belwillcoilybelwillcoily Registered Users Posts: 303 Curl Connoisseur
Hello! :wave:

For those of you who have tried Biotin and then had to wind up "abandoning ship" (so to speak) from horrid and painful, migraine-like headaches, how soon after you started taking Biotin did you feel the massive discomfort of the headache? Was it right away or were you on it for a few days, weeks, months before the headache hit in all its splendor?

I've been taking a hair vitamin supplement with Biotin in it for 9 days today. I got what I thought was the beginnings of a sinus headache last night and I took my sinus medicine hoping it would be gone by morning. NOT! Today it's been off and on all day. It has lessened in intensity but I still feel this dull ache on my right temple that will not completely go away. I've been continuing to take my sinus medicine and it doesn't seem to be working. It then occurred to me that maybe the Biotin in the supplements I'm taking could be causing the headache? My sinus medicine has usually kicked in by now to knock the headache out. Now it's going on 24 hours since this headache started and it's annoying as well as painful. :crybaby:

Anyhoo, anyone who has experience with this, please jump in. Thanks! ;)
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  • beautyjunkie12beautyjunkie12 Registered Users Posts: 25
    I'd leave it alone ASAP. What you're experiencing is the body's way of saying;"I don't like this stuff." I never taken the stuff but I've had family members who did and they complained about all sorts of crazy side effects while on it.

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  • JohariJohari Registered Users Posts: 673
    Try not taking them so often maybe skip a couple of days and drink lots of water.
  • KeihsKeihs Registered Users Posts: 435 Curl Neophyte
    Drink lots of water and take a b-complex with it. If it doesn't work, maybe you should take a break or stop. How much are you taking?
  • itsKelCeeEeeitsKelCeeEee Virginia Beach, VARegistered Users Posts: 1,084 Curl Neophyte
    You should stop. Your body doesnt like it, like someone else said. Try MSM or Fish Oil.
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  • puppitypuppuppitypup Registered Users Posts: 115
    I took biotin three times and each time, I got excruciating migraines immediately after. I stopped. It is advisable to drink a lot of water beforehand to prevent this... But for me, it did nothing lol
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  • PRINCETONPRINCETON Registered Users Posts: 872
    Most people don't realize that every biotin pill is not the same.

    The smaller the pill the best. The larger biotin pills are filled with unnecessary "proprietary" formula that causes skin to itch etc.

    I have a 7500 mcg pill that is very tiny and I also have a brand that's a huge horse pill and only 5000 mcg.

    I take the very tiny 7500 one I assume the majority of the pill is made up actual biotin.
  • belwillcoilybelwillcoily Registered Users Posts: 303 Curl Connoisseur
    It turned out that it WAS a sinus headache; the pain had nothing to do with the biotin. Every now and then I get a really bad sinus headache that drags on and on and would probably rival anybody's migraine headache in pain intensity. That's the way it's always been for me and probably always will be...
    Anyhoo, my sinus meds finally kicked in and it's been smooth sailing since.
    ; )
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  • alisa.akiraalisa.akira Registered Users Posts: 1
    I just bought some biotin chews yesterday and I've only ate two. I have been getting headaches ever since.
  • pualakoalapualakoala Registered Users Posts: 15
    You don't need to take massive amounts of biotin to see results. I personally take 500mg and I've definitely seen an increase in hair thickness/growth despite significant hair loss due to a thyroid condition.

    Now that my thyroid levels are normal, I've noticed an increase in density, but I also started massagging my scalp.

    I also get migraine headaches and have not noticed a difference between when I'm taking biotin and when I'm not.
  • rspencer102rspencer102 Registered Users Posts: 1
    I started getting these terrible headaches which made me dizzy. I then realized that they didn't start until I started using biotin. I was taking 10,000 mg. I'm stopping today and see if the headaches stop.
  • hambo02hambo02 Registered Users Posts: 480
    i take a muilt kids a day and it doesn't have a ton of biotin in it. all my body needs
  • ahlamzzzahlamzzz Registered Users Posts: 1
    i have been taking 5000 mcg biotin for 3 to 4 weeks then started to have migraine like sever headache (throbbing in nature) , dizziness , motion sickness in the airplane i stopped it for 5 days then i am taking now one tab 1666 mcg and headache went away , :goofy:
  • BelleBohemienneBelleBohemienne Registered Users Posts: 375 Curl Neophyte
    Usually your body would rid itself of excess Biotin. If your body doesn't need it, then it will excrete it. I've never heard of Biotin giving someone headaches, unless you're flooding your system with too much. I'm not a doctor, so you'd need a professional to say that. Honestly, though, unless you're told by a doc you need more of a certain vitamin it's best to stick to a daily multivitamin and avoid others. Flooding your system with massive amounts of vitamins that it doesn't need throws your whole body off.

    Your headache does not sound like a sinus headache. Those don't usually last for days. A decongestant clears that up fairly quickly. It sounds exactly like my tension headaches. The ones I get start at my temples and can last for days in a dull ache. They also bounce around my head and all I can do is wait it out.

    Anyway, guys, just be safe taking the supplements. Always consult your doctor if you have any concerns.

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  • Curly_CakesCurly_Cakes Registered Users Posts: 59 Curl Neophyte
    I can't really do most supplements like biotin unless I take half the recommended dose because I get dizzy, nauceous, and terrible headaches. Which I think is due to the fact that my normal diet is already high in biotin. Biotin can very easily be found in everyday foods such as nuts, eggs, meat, fish, dairy products, wheat products, vegetables, bananas, etc. Just 1 egg contains 27% of your total recommended daily value. As long as you are eating a diet high in vitamins and nutrients I don't really think supplements are needed, especially if they give you headaches.
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  • NaturalgurlredNaturalgurlred Registered Users Posts: 1
    I just started takin biotin 5000mcg. I have taken it for 3 days and have these annoying migraine headaches.light hurts my eyes at first I thought is was because I was tired so I slept and woke up still had it. Then the Holy Spirit brought to my attention the biotin I thank God for the Holy Spirit.I searched and found your helpful site. Thank yall so much I'm gonna stop taking them today.
  • curly1977curly1977 Registered Users Posts: 6 Curl Novice
    edited July 2018
    I suspect that biotin affected some bacteria in the body.
    IIRC biotin is important for rTCA cycle of anaerobic bacteria.
  • Cece JohnsonCece Johnson Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 0 Curl Neophyte
    Every time I take any multivitamin, especially biotin, my head hurts. It's so frustrating. I did try the liquid hair vitamin by Curls and had good results and no headaches.
  • KINGsdaughterKINGsdaughter Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 0 Curl Neophyte
    Use the 'Natural Hair Hair Growth eGuide Calendar' 2021. It has lots of biotin foods, don't take the vitamins. Not only does it have TONS of Natural Hair Care Tips, it has 100 Hair Growth Tips, and it plans out a monthly hair routine so you can stay on track and get Longer, Thicker, Healthier, Stronger, Shinier, Natural Hair Faster!! You can write your hair goals, length checks, takes notes, and answer the hair questions too. It's fun! Here's the link...

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