Dmso (Dimethylsulfoxide)

How does Dmso (dimethylsulfoxide) work?

DMSO helps medicines get through the skin and can affect proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and water in the body.

Are there safety concerns?

DMSO is safe when used as a prescription medication. Don't use products that are not prescribed by your health professional. There is concern that some non-prescription DMSO products are not intended for human use. They can contain impurities that can cause side effects.

Some side effects of taking DMSO by mouth or applying it to the skin include skin reactions, dry skin, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, breathing problems, vision problems, blood problems, and allergic reactions. DMSO also causes a garlic-like taste, and breath and body odor.

Do not use DMSO if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have liver problems.
  • You have kidney problems.
  • You have eye problems.
  • You have diabetes.
  • You have headaches.
  • You have urinary tract cancer.

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Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.