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Jury still out.: There are more effective ways to lose weight than chitosan, like aerobic exercise and a good diet. The studies that have been done on chitosan are varied and not all are of good caliber. Some show minimal weight loss, others don't. Be wary of most supplements you see in gnc and online drug stores. The industry isn't tightly regulated at all and contamination with other substances is possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No Real Evidence: Chitosan is made from chitin, which is a polysaccharide that is found in the exoskeletons of shrimp and other sea crustaceans. It is a soluble dietary fiber (similar to other soluble fibers) and in labs, has been shown to bind fat, which would prevent absorption of the fat. There are no credible dietary studies that support claims of being a fat blocker. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not very effective: Though these products containing chitosan is claimed by the sellers to block fat and help reduce weight, but there is no scoinific evidence to support that claim. Actally a double blind study with placebo the weight loss was not significant and no different as compared to placebo. ...Read more
Can i take chitosan capsules before taking alcohol or can I drink after taking chitosan capsules ?
Chitosan: Chitosan comes from chitin, part of the outer shell-like structure of insects, spiders, and crustaceans. It can improve cholesterol levels when combined with a low calorie diet. There's mixed evidence for its usefulness in weight loss. It may increase risk of bleeding w/plavix & coumadin, (warfarin) etc, & add to effects of cholesterol-lowering, anti-obesity, or antibiotic drugs, herbs, or supplements. ...Read more
Yes, but why?: Why are you using supplements that you don't know what's in them, have never been tested, and have never been proven to help you with anything? Why waste your money, the only thing that will happen is that your wallet with shrink. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more
As for chitosan being used as a hemostatic derived commercially from shrimp chitin, does it have the potential to aggrevate seafood allergies?
Chitosan: Chitosan reportedly comes from the shell of shell fish i t is the meat of the shellfish which causes the allergy so chiosan should be okay to use. ...Read more
What can I do to make my bm's smaller in size? I usually go once a day and most of the time they clog the toilet. I am a high fiber diet because of high cholesterol. I also take chitosan to help absorb the fat molecules of the food. I do have fresh or can
Can you take a fat INHIBITOR (Xenical or Alli) AND a fat BLOCKER, like chitosan supplements, together? How about an inhibitor and a fat BURNER?
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
So call your doc: This is the HT public information site.We are thousands of volunteer docs based primarily in the US who answer medical questions.We do not offer treatments. State medical boards require a physician/patient relationship,a retrievable record,recent exam with vital signs for prescribing.Failure to do so can lead to loss or restriction of license. It may seem minor to you but it is not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isnt good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more