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Beta Carotene Drug for Cancer: Use, Side Effects, Interactions




Beta Carotene

More drugs used for Cancer.

Use:

Beta carotene is an antioxidant which is reputed to "preserve" body parts, thus being suitable for everything from cancer and heart disease to eye sight. Recent studies have shown that when it comes to cancer and heart disease the claims may not be true, and in fact for people who smoke, beta carotene may actually increase the risk.

How It Works:

As an antioxidant, beta carotene, reduces oxygen free radicals which may be involved in tissue damage.

Side Effects:

Beta carotene in high doses can be stored in the body and lead to liver and skin problems. People who smoke appear to be at increased risk.

Cautions for People:

People should realize that beta carotene is readily available in fruits, vegetables, and grains, and dietary sources may be preferred.

Drug Interactions:

It is unclear if beta carotene is involved in drug interactions.

Further Reading:

National Cancer Institute 1/18/96
Faseb J 1996;10(7):690
Am J Clin Nutr 1995;62(6Suppl):1299S, 1521S

Added to Virtual Drugstore November 1996.

The relevant product monographs must be regarded as the appropriate sources of prescribing information.













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