pygeum (Pygeum africanum)

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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.

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DOSING: The recommended dose of Prunus africanum by suppliers is 75 to 200 mg per day. Individuals should consult their doctor before taking Prunus africanum compounds.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Use with caution with other prostate medications such as finasteride (Proscar) and dutasteride (Avodart) to avoid additive side effects and potential harm.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of Prunus africanum to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether Prunus africanum enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in mothers who are nursing.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of Prunus africanum are nausea, abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea.

REFERENCES:

USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network. Genus: Pygeum Gaertn.

National Institutes of Health; Dietary Supplement Label Database. Pygeum Extract.

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