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Generic: Thymus Extract
treats Burns, Urinary tract infection, Eczema, Cardiomyopathy, Dermatomyositis, Human papilloma virus, Psoriasis, Glaucoma, Alopecia, Arthritis, Tuberculosis, Systemic lupus erythematosus, Anxiety/stress, Allergy, Respiratory tract infections, Asthma, Encephalitis, Cancer, Diabetes, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Skin conditions, HIV/AIDS, Myelodysplastic syndrome, Warts, Immunostimulation, Liver disease, Keratitis, and Gastritis
               



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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

Avoid in individuals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to thymus extracts. A severe anaphylactic reaction to injected thymostimulin has been documented in a case report. Allergy to thymic extracts has not been demonstrated in currently available clinical trials

Side Effects and Warnings

Use bovine thymus extract supplements cautiously due to potential for exposure to the virus that causes "mad cow disease."

Avoid use in patients with an organ transplant or other forms of allografts or xenografts due to the possibility of thymus extract stimulating an immune response, and thus transplant rejection.

Patients receiving immunosuppressive therapy should not use thymus extract due to the potential for immunostimulation.

Use of thymus extract is not recommended in patients with myasthenia gravis, untreated hypothyroidism, or thymic tumors due to inadequate available safety information

Avoid use in patients on hormonal therapy due to preliminary evidence suggesting thyroid extract may alter levels of certain hormones. Also, avoid in patients with a known allergy to thymus, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Thymic extract increases human sperm motility and progression. Avoid use during pregnancy or breastfeeding due to inadequate available safety information.

Interactions

Interactions with Drugs

Preliminary evidence in humans suggests that thymus extract may have additive effects with antibiotics. Also, the use of thymus extract may decrease infections and thus the need for antibiotics.

In humans, a combination of azathioprine and thymostimulin may be beneficial in the management of type I diabetes. Caution is advised when using medications that may alter blood sugar. Patients taking drugs for diabetes by mouth or insulin should be monitored closely by a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist. Medication adjustments may be necessary.

Thymus extract may reduce the frequency of acute allergic episodes. Thus, thymus extracts and antihistamines may have additive effects.

In humans, thymus extracts and chemotherapeutic agents have shown additive effects. Thymus extracts may also offer protective effects in terms of reduced side effects associated with chemotherapy.

Thymus extract may play a role in immunological disorders associated with stress and anxiety. Caution is advised in patients taking anxiolytics due to possible additive effects.

Thymus extract may improve symptoms associated with asthma. Thus, thymus extracts and bronchodilators may have additive effects.

In humans, thymomodulin had an additive effect on 'conventional medications' for cardiomyopathy. Caution is advised in patients with heart problems.

Although not well studied in humans, thymic extract may reduce the dose of corticosteroids required. Caution is advised in patients taking corticosteroids due to possible additive effects.

Although not well studied in humans, a combination of thymus extract, selenium, and fumaric acid may be beneficial for psoriasis.

Preliminary evidence in humans suggests thyroid extract can improve alopecia (hair loss). It is possible that thyroid extract is able to offer other hormonal effects and have additive effects.

In humans, T- activin has immunomodulatory effects. Caution is advised when taking with other agents that affect the immune system.

Preliminary evidence suggests that thyroid extracts offer benefits to patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Thus, use in combination with medications for SLE, such as methylxanthines, may have additive effects.

Thymus extract may increase the amount of drowsiness caused by some drugs. Examples include benzodiazepines such as lorazepam (Ativan®) or diazepam (Valium®), barbiturates such as phenobarbital, narcotics such as codeine, some antidepressants, and alcohol. Caution is advised while driving or operating machinery.

Although not well studied in humans, purified thymus gland extract may decrease average thyroid gland weights and serum T3 serum levels and significantly decreased serum T4 levels. It is not clear what effect thymus gland extract would have on external thyroid hormones.

Interactions with Herbs and Dietary Supplements

Preliminary evidence in humans suggests that thymus extract may have additive effects to antibiotics. Use of thymus extract may decrease infections and thus the need for antibiotics.

In humans, a combination of azathioprine and thymostimulin may be beneficial in the management of type I diabetes. Caution is advised when using herbs or supplements that may alter blood sugar. Blood glucose levels may require monitoring, and doses may need adjustment.

In humans, thymus extracts and chemotherapeutic agents have additive effects. Caution is advised when taking thymus extract with other herbs or supplements used in chemotherapy.

Thymus extract may play a role in immunological disorders associated with stress and anxiety. Caution is advised in patients taking herbs or supplements with anxiolytic activity due to possible additive effects.

Thymus extract improves symptoms associated with asthma. Thus, thymus extracts and agents that act as bronchodilators may have additive effects.

In humans, thymomodulin had an additive effect on 'conventional medications' for cardiomyopathy. Thymomodulin may also have additive effects on herbal agents that act in a similar manner. Caution is advised in patients with heart problems.

In patients with complicated liver echinococciasis, the combined use of essentiale (phospholipids) and T- activin normalized hepatic (liver) function and immunity and reduced the incidence of postoperative complications.

Although not well studied in humans, a combination of thymus extract, selenium, and fumaric acid may be beneficial for psoriasis. Fumaric acid is found in some dietary supplements; caution is advised due to possible additive effects.

Preliminary evidence in humans suggests thyroid extract can improve alopecia (hair loss). It is possible that thyroid extract is able to offer other hormonal effects and have additive effects with agents that alter hormone levels in the body.

In humans, T- activin has immunomodulatory effects. Caution is advised when taking with other agents that affect the immune system.

Thymus extract may increase the amount of drowsiness caused by some herbs or supplements. Caution is advised while driving or operating machinery.

Although not well studied in humans, purified thymus gland extract may nonsignificantly decrease average thyroid gland weights and serum T3 levels and significantly decreased serum T4 levels. It is not clear what effect thymus gland extract would have on external thyroid hormone- like herbs or supplements.

               
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