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been diagnos with Drusen degenerative given rx for Macular

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been diagnos with Drusen degenerative given rx for Macular Protect Complete or Macular Protect quit smoking five years ago so is it safe for me to take the complete?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 6 years ago.
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Macular Protect Complete has Vitamin A as one of its ingredients. In past and current smokers, high dose vitamin A supplement may increase the risk of lung cancer. So for you, should take the macular degeneration supplement that substitute vitamin A with lutein or zeaxanthin.

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PreserVision is one brand with makes a formulation with is vitamin A free. This can be bought at your local pharmacy. Check with your doctor if he recommends this for you as a replacement.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Does Macular Protact Complete or Macular Protect have vit A?
Expert:  Dr. James replied 6 years ago.
Yes, it does.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
How about Macular Protect Complete S no beta carotene does that have vit A
Expert:  Dr. James replied 6 years ago.
Beta carotene is another name for vitamin A. So it is ok for smokers. That is likely what the "s" stands for -- smoker.
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