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  • Basic Info
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Generic: Pc-Spes
treats Prostate cancer
               



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Tradition

WARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.

Dosing

Adult (18 years and older)

Based on known safety concerns associated with PC- SPES®, no dosing regimen is recommended. Samples of PC- SPES® that may be in the possession of patients should not be used.

Children (younger than 18 years)

Based on known safety concerns associated with PC- SPES®, no dosing regimen is recommended. Samples of PC- SPES® that may be in the possession of patients should not be used.

Safety

DISCLAIMER: Many complementary techniques are practiced by healthcare professionals with formal training, in accordance with the standards of national organizations. However, this is not universally the case, and adverse effects are possible. Due to limited research, in some cases only limited safety information is available.

Allergies

In one human study, allergic reactions were reported in 2% of patients and treatment was stopped in one case due to throat swelling and shortness of breath. It is not clear which ingredient in PC- SPES® might have been responsible. Products containing herbs similar to PC- SPES® should be avoided by people with allergies to any of the included herbs.

Side Effects and Warnings

PC- SPES® has been recalled and should not be used. Undeclared prescription drug ingredients have been found in samples of PC- SPES®, including indomethacin, diethystilbesterol (DES), ethinyl estradiol, and warfarin.

PC- SPES® may increase the risk of blood clots. Several cases of blood clots, including life- threatening clots to the lungs, have been reported with PC- SPES® use. In contrast, cases of bleeding have also been reported. These are theorized to be due to undeclared amounts of the prescription drug warfarin in some samples of PC- SPES®, or to the presence of the PC- SPES® ingredient saw palmetto, which is associated with one report of bleeding. This would add to the risk of bleeding in patients with bleeding disorders or taking drugs that may increase the risk of bleeding. The bleeding disorder disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), which can include clotting, bleeding, or both, has also been reported.

PC- SPES® has also been associated with erectile dysfunction, loss of libido, hot flashes, breast/ nipple tenderness, breast enlargement, water retention (edema), and leg cramps.

Adverse effects associated with undeclared prescription drug ingredients in PC- SPES® are possible, such as gastrointestinal distress from indomethacin.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

PC- SPES® has not been evaluated during pregnancy or breastfeeding and should be avoided. Estrogenic- effects may be harmful. The undeclared prescription drug DES, discovered in some samples of PC- SPES®, may increase the risk of reproductive tract abnormalities in daughters born to women taking this drug.

               
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