blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria, Spirulina)

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

What is blue green algae (Spirulina sp.)-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Blue-green algae is a natural herbal supplement. Blue-green algae has high amounts of protein, iron, and other minerals and claims have been made that it has beneficial effects on the immune system, inflammation, and against viral infections. Individuals should check with their physicians before using this supplement.

What brand names are available for blue green algae (Spirulina sp.)-oral?

Cyanobacteria, Spirulina

Is blue green algae (Spirulina sp.)-oral available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for blue green algae (Spirulina sp.)-oral?

No

What are the side effects of blue green algae (Spirulina sp.)-oral?

Contaminated blue-green algae may contain microcystins which can cause liver damage, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, shock, fast heartbeat, and death.

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