Campesterol

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Uses

What is campesterol used for?

Campesterol is a substance found in plants. Chemists call it a “plant sterol ester.” It is found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. It is used to make medicine.

Beta-sitosterol is used for:

  • High cholesterol.
  • Trouble urinating because of an enlarged prostate, or “benign prostatic hyperplasia” (BPH).
  • Tuberculosis.
  • Gallstones.
  • Baldness.
  • Burns.
  • Prostate infections.
  • Sexual performance problems.
  • Preventing colon cancer.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Psoriasis.
  • Allergies.
  • Cervical cancer.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
  • Asthma.
  • Migraines.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Menopause.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how campesterol works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, it is known that Campesterol is a plant substance similar to cholesterol. It might help reduce cholesterol levels by limiting the amount of cholesterol that is able to enter the body. It can also bind to the prostate to help reduce swelling (inflammation).

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using campesterol?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of campesterol or other medications or other herbs.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for a supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is campesterol?

Campesterol is likely safe for most people when taken by mouth.

Campesterol is possibly safe when applied to the skin.

Special precautions & warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of beta-sitosterol during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Sitosterolemia, a rare inherited fat storage disease: People with this condition have too much campesterol and related fats in their system. They are prone to early heart disease. Taking campesterol makes this condition worse. Don’t take campesterol if you have sitosterolemia.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from campesterol?

Campesterol can cause some side effects, such as nausea, indigestion, gas, diarrhea, or constipation. Campesterol has also been linked to reports of erectile dysfunction (ED) and loss of interest in sex.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.

Interactions

What interactions may I have with campesterol?

Campesterol may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbalist or doctor before using.

Products that may interact with campesterol include:

  • Ezetimibe

Taking ezetimibe (Zetia) can reduce of amount of campesterol the body absorbs. This might decrease the effectiveness of campesterol.

  • Pravastatin

Taking pravastatin (Pravachol) might decrease how much campesterol is in the body. This might decrease the effectiveness of campesterol.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for campesterol?

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

By mouth

  • For benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH): 60 to 130 mg of campesterol divided into 2-3 doses daily.
  • For high cholesterol: 800 mg to 6 grams per day divided and given before meals.

Campesterol is usually taken along with a low-fat diet.

The dose for campesterol may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does campesterol come in?

Campesterol may be available in the following forms:

  • Campesterol softgels, tablets

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