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I'm not trying to dismiss anyone's concern over using Vitamion b-5, but here's a few things I found doing searches on Google about 'dangers of using B-5' 'side effects' and 'toxicity'"

Here's what I read about Vitamin B-5 at:

Vitamin B-5 also known as pantothenic acid, is important to many bodily functions. It supports the adrenal glands. Besides giving the adrenals what they need to produce hormones, vitamin B-5, taken along with Vitamin C, helps cells metabolize fats and carbohydrates release energy.

·Treat stress and fatigue after surgery or during recovery from illness or surgery

·Studies have show it to help in treatment of acne

·When taken in conjunction with Vitamin C, vitamin B-5 can help strengthen skin and promote healing of cuts and increase the flexibility of scar tissue.

Pantothenic acid comes from a Greek word pantos, which meaning is everywhere.  It is found in most foods. It is made by your intestinal bacteria.  Some of the best sources are brewer's yeast, egg yolks, fish, whole grain cereals, and dried beans. Vegetable that contain B-5 are sweet potatoes, green peas, cauliflower, and avocados.

The minimum are about 10mg daily, but more commonly intakes are 100 to 500mg daily.

There is no known toxicity, but the *deficiency* is more common. Deficiency can cause fatigue, adrenal weakness, blood sugar metabolism problems, and premature graying of the hair.

To add - here's a possible answer to questions about overdosing with B-5 & side effects:

Originally posted by shira:
has anyone checked on the B5 side effects?

Here's part of what I read from
What other medicines can interact with pantothenic acid?

There are no known interactions with other medicines.
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

*What side effects may I notice from taking pantothenic acid?*

There are no known side effects with pantothenic acid.

Another part that I read from

Signs and symptoms: Diarrhea and water retention with ingestion of megadoses--over 10 to 20 grams/day (10,000mg-20,000mg). This dose is not life-threatening.

See for yourself - do some searches about 'B-5 overdose' on It's sometimes best to hear from the experts than word of mouth.

[This message has been edited by Jaleel (edited 01-21-2001).]

Originally posted by mustafa:
sorry mate i don't think you get it.
basically i live in england and over here pure B5 capsules are not sold and it is illegal to sell.
this is because B5 should be taken in conjuction with a b complex not taken pure like you're talking about, it should also be taken in moderation, research into side effects is done using a controled ammount however when you start bombarding your system with it there are side effects such as hair loss, severe stomach damage and so on, this information has all come from my sister who has been a doctor for 8 years hence i trust her and her word. if you wanna take b5 then i suggest you take it in a b complex with multi vitamins and zinc this is like i said before very safe.
also if you look up vitamin c it will probably say there are no side affects to that either however it is common knowledge that to much vitamin c gives you severe diahrea, so like i said most investigations in to side effects are done using an average daily ammount.

Again, I'm not trying to start any problems; this is simply what I've read from other medical sources. Pure B-5 capsules may be illegal where you live, but I'm sure the same can be said over here for medications that Europeans enjoy using freely.

In any case, I reiterate the one source I've read from

Signs and symptoms: Diarrhea and water retention with ingestion of megadoses--over 10 to 20 grams/day (10,000mg-20,000mg). This dose is not life-threatening.

This statment wouldn't have been made if it was not proven, don't you think?

Again, I don't dispute what you or your sister says about vitamin B-5, but it's a viable alternative to some medications to fight acne, and as far as these medical statements have shown, is a rather safe one.
i've never heard about B5 before reading about it here - but maybe abecause i was "blessed" with acne only now at late 20s.
i will check with my doc the next time i'll see him, but i do know that most of the stuff that really help with acne have some side effects that should be taken into concern - i'm trying to conceive now (this is why my hormones change) and ALL the doc's i've seen said that most of the medicines for acne are very dangerous if taken during pregnancy (if that happens abortion is necessary).
keep that in mind...

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