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What are the risks of potassium or sodium benzoate (commonly found as preservatives)?

What are the risks of potassium or sodium benzoate (commonly found as preservatives)?

See below: Very little. The drug is used in medicine to assist in lowering serum ammonia levels by activation of a nonurea cycle pathway; ammonia in the presence of benzoate will conjugate with glycine to form hippurate which is secreted by the kidney. As a preservative, there is little worry unless the individual is also on probenecid which can inhibit benzoate renal excretion. ...Read more

Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Can I take vitamin C pills (always made of sodium/potassium bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) ascorbate, benzoate...) w. pulmonary hypertension requiring low sodium diet?

Can I take vitamin C pills (always made of sodium/potassium bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) ascorbate, benzoate...) w. pulmonary hypertension requiring low sodium diet?

Yes, however...: I strongly advise you take Vitamin C, ideally 1000 mg 2-3x/day, but you should try to find forms without sodium. I don't know what's available in Denmark, but in the US you can find ascorbic acid, or calcium or magnesium ascorbate without sodium. Lypo-spheric Vit. C is esp. well-absorbed,but has 120 mg of sodium, but a low sodium diet usually allows 2000mg/day. Vit. C is best with bioflavonoids. ...Read more

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What can happen if you are commonly exposed to benzoate?

What can happen if you are commonly exposed to benzoate?

No effects: Benzoic acid (benzoate) is a chemical intermediate. It is used as a preservative when it attaches to other molecules. By itself it does not have any known harmful effects: http://www.epa.gov/iris/subst/0355.htm#oralrfd ...Read more

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Pregnant 5 months with head lice. Can use anti-lice lotion or shampoo contain ingredients permethrin 1% w/w or Dimethicone or benzyl benzoate 25% w/v?

Pregnant 5 months with head lice. Can use anti-lice lotion or shampoo contain ingredients permethrin 1% w/w or Dimethicone or benzyl benzoate 25% w/v?

Head lice: Permethrin 1% is safe while pregnant. Dimethicone topical moisturizer is safe too. You don't need Benzyl benzoate 25% if Dimethicone worked as a moisturizer, and you don't need it to treat head lice, wish you a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby ...Read more

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Could sodium benzoate be taken out of your body?

Could sodium benzoate be taken out of your body?

Your body removes it: Sodium Benzoate is primarily used as a food preservative. It is metabolized by the liver and then the breakdown products are excreted in the urine. The majority (97%) of ingested sodium benzoate is excreted within 4 hours of ingestion. No other means of removing this drug are known. http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+696 ...Read more

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Can sodium benzoate give you cancer?

Can sodium benzoate give you cancer?

I don't believe it: Internet scare sites peddling "natural food" are allowed by law to make claims that any scientist will recognize as misleading. There's no shortage of benzoic acid in many fruits (famously cranberries) and it's chemically interchangeable with sodium benzoate varying only with ph. This alone should tell you that the danger is hyped -- if they believed their stuff, they'd attack cranberries. ...Read more

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Could benzyl benzoate is for acne treatment ?

Could benzyl benzoate is for acne treatment ?

Better choices: This is great for scabies, but you may be confusing it with benzoyl peroxide, your best over-the-counter option for acne. It's not fun, but it's a good start. ...Read more

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My friend is allergic to benzocaine, does that mean she will be allergic to benzophenone or benzoate acid?

My friend is allergic to benzocaine, does that mean she will be allergic to benzophenone or benzoate acid?

No: It is the caine your friend is allergic to, an allergist can skin test her and suggest different anesthetics she can tolerate. ...Read more

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Is it true that benzyl benzoate treats scabies?

Is it true that benzyl benzoate treats scabies?

Yes: Creams include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, ; crotamiton. ...Read more

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Please help! what happens when sodium benzoate is combined with vitamin C in the body?

Please help! what happens when sodium benzoate is combined with vitamin C in the body?

Nothing: There was a hoopla a while back about the mix of sodium benzoate (a preservative, chemically interchangeable to the natural benzoic acid that makes cranberries so tasty) and Ascorbic Acid (added to make fake orange drink healthy, i guess) forming benzene if left to sit in the hot sun. The amount was tiny and i wouldn't worry about it in your body. This stuff is silly. Don't worry. ...Read more

Dr. Clarence Grim
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