Biotin vitamins: good, bad, or flush them down the toilet and forget about them?

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A few weeks ago, I mentioned on my blog that I was trying to grow my hair. Someone told me in the comments section to get myself a bottle of Biotin vitamins. My curiosity piqued, I went online and ordered some from drugstore.com---hell, they were on sale, and the reviews promised they'd make both my hair and nails grow at light speed. Besides, they were vitamins. Aren't vitamins supposed to be good for you?

Well, they arrived ten days ago, and I've yet to take one. The fact that they're not FDA-approved raises a red flag or two for me, as does the fact that the front of the bottle is emblazoned with the promise that the vitamins "promote carbohydrate, fat, and energy metabolism." Now, wait just a second here: I didn't want to promote carbohydrate, fat, and energy metabolism! I just wanted my hair to grow!

Biotin, according to what Dr. Wikipedia tells me, is also known as vitamin H (or vitamin B7). While its main purpose is to "assist in various metabolic reactions," it's also "often recommended for strengthening hair and nails," and, as such, appears in many cosmetic products. And while Dr. Wikipedia (so handsome in his white coat!) assures me that "there are no reported cases of adverse effects from receiving high doses of the vitamin," something still just doesn't sit right with me. And I'm not sure why. 

Have you ever taken Biotin vitamins? Would you? Do you think it would be bad if I took them and grew a tail?

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