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Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) Cautions

Certain people should not take vitamin B1 (thiamin) supplements without first consulting their doctor for advice:

  • People with liver or kidney disease
    People with any type of liver or kidney disease should not take vitamin B1 (thiamin) supplements without confirming it with their medication practitioner as high intake of this vitamin could make their condition worse.

Toxic Levels of vitamin B1 (thiamin)

Vitamin B1 (thiamin) produce side effects at doses greater than 125mg per kg of body weight, per day. Overdosage and toxicity is more likely to occur from taking too many supplements, whereas dietary intake of vitamin B1 (thiamin) is highly unlikely to cause overdosage.

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Toxic Levels of vitamin B1 (thiamin)

Vitamin B1 (thiamin) produce side effects at doses greater than 125mg per kg of body weight, per day.

Overdosage and Toxicity Symptoms

Vitamin B1 (thiamin) is a relative non-toxic vitamin, except at exceedingly high doses. Symptoms of vitamin B1 (thiamin) toxicity includes:

  • Fast heart beat (tachycardia) *
  • Fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Hot flushes
  • Itchy skin or skin rash (rare) *
  • Nervousness
  • Shortness of breath *
  • Sweating
  • Swelling in the face (rare)
  • Tremors
  • Weight loss
  • Wheezing (more likely if supplement given is intravenous)

* People who experience the highlighted symptoms should seek immediate emergency treatment.

People who experience any of the above toxicity symptoms should discontinue their vitamin B1 (thiamin) supplements and seek the advice of their doctor.

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