1200 mg/day PO capsules
1-2 Tbs 1-3 times daily as functional foods (margarine, salad dressing)
Bayer Heart Health Advantage
- 12 years or older: 400 mg PO BID with meals
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
60 -130 mg/day PO divided BID/TID of beta-sitosterol
Hypercholesterolemia, Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Proven effective in lowering LDL in conjunction with diet & exercise
Improves urinary symptoms with BPH
Frequency Not Defined
Atherosclerosis in patients with sitosterolemia (very rare)
Pregnancy & Lactation
Pregnancy Category: N/A
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
Plant-derived sterols; decr cholesterol absorption from small intestine