Brand and Other Names:all-trans lycopene, psi-carotene, more...psi-psi-carotene, solanrubin
- Classes: Urology, Herbals
General Dosing Guidelines
Pure comopound: 13-75 mg/day PO
Capsule: 10-30 mg BID PO
15 mg BID PO
4-8 mg/day PO
Specific lycopene supplement (LycoRed)
Preventing Exercise-induced Asthma
30 mg/day PO
Cancer, preventing atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, HPV infection, cataracts, asthma, antioxidant, & anti-inflammatory
Bladder & colon cancer: There is no association between lycopene and the risk of cancer
Cardiovascular disease: Conflicting studies; more studies are needed to determine effectiveness
Atherosclerosis: Insufficient information
Oral leukoplakia: Preliminary evidence suggests significant clinical response
Ovarian, pancreatic prostate, & lung cancer: Evidence suggests it may reduce risk
HPV: Research suggests that women with higher levels of lycopene cleared oncogenic HPV in an average of 8.5 months compared to 11-12 months in women with lower levels
Pregnancy & Lactation
Pregnancy Category: avoid use
Lactation: avoid use
A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.
B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.
C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.
D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.
X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.
NA:Information not available.
Mechanism of Action
Antioxidant with particular affinity for prostate