Perillyl Alcohol

How does Perillyl Alcohol work?

There is not enough information to know how perillyl alcohol might work. Test tube research and research in animals suggests that perillyl alcohol might prevent cancer cells from growing. But there is not enough information to know if perillyl alcohol has this effect in people.

Are there safety concerns?

Perillyl alcohol seems to be safe when used with medical supervision. It can cause several intolerable side effects including stomach upset, reflux, nausea, diarrhea or constipation, fatigue, and headache. Higher doses are more likely to cause more side effects.

There is one report each of pancreatitis, increased bilirubin (which is a measure of liver function), increased white blood cell count, and low potassium levels in people taking perillyl alcohol.

Many people who take perillyl alcohol have to stop because the side effects are not tolerable.

Do not take perillyl alcohol if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Dosing considerations for Perillyl Alcohol.

The appropriate dose of perillyl alcohol depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for perillyl alcohol. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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