Chitosan (Herbs/Suppl)

Brand and Other Names:chitin, chitosan ascorbate, more...deacetylated chitin biopolymer, N,O-sulfated chitosan, N-carboxybutyl chitosan, O-sulfated N-acetylchitosan, sulfated N-carboxymethylchitosan, sulfated O-carboxymethylchitosan
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Suggested Dosing

Renal Failure with Chronic Hemodialysis

1.35 g PO TID

Topical

Dosage varies

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Suggested Uses

Hypercholesterolemia, periodontitis (topical use), hemodialysis (chronic), weight loss, Crohn's disease

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            Adverse Effects

            None reported

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            None reported

            Cautions

            Shellfish allergy

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: avoid use

            Lactation: avoid use

            Pregnancy Categories

            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.

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            Pharmacology

            Metabolism: N/A

            Excretion: N/A

            Mechanism of Action

            Crustacean shell derivative; prevents enterohepatic recirculation of cholesterol

            Topical: protects periodontal pockets from oxygen, allowing tissue proliferation

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