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It is unclear what to expect from an overdose on lutein, or if an overdose is even possible. If you believe you have taken too much, seek immediate medical attention. The high end of normal for dietary intake of lutein is about 7 mg to 12 mg per day. If you have taken a high dose, treatment would likely focus on relieving any resulting symptoms.

Can You Take Too Much Lutein?

There is little information available about an overdose with lutein. Thus, it is not known exactly what to expect from an overdose on this substance, or if it is even possible too take too much, but it is likely that the effects will vary, depending on the lutein dosage and the particular product.

Effects of a Lutein Overdose

As mentioned, little is known about the possible effects of an overdose with lutein. It is also not clear how much lutein would result in an overdose. The high end of normal for dietary intake of lutein is about 7 mg to 12 mg per day, but it is unknown if higher doses are likely to cause problems, or even what types of problems may be seen.
Normal usage of lutein is unlikely to cause side effects, although it is unclear if this is true for higher dosages.

Treatment Options

Just as it is unknown what to expect from a lutein overdose, it is also unknown how exactly to treat it. Therefore, treatment for people who take too much lutein (if necessary) likely will consist of supportive care. This involves treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. For instance, fluids and electrolytes may be given if necessary.
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe that you or someone else may have taken a lutein overdose.
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