- What other names is Carnosine known by?
- What is Carnosine?
- How does Carnosine work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Carnosine.
Carnosine is used to prevent aging and for preventing or treating complications of diabetes such as nerve damage, eye disorders (cataracts), and kidney problems.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Autism. Early research suggests that taking L-carnosine by mouth for 8 weeks may improve symptoms in children with autistic spectrum disorders.
- Exercise performance. Early research suggests that taking a single dose of a specific chicken breast extract (CBEX) containing carnosine and anserine by mouth does not improve cycling power in healthy active men.
- Complications of diabetes.
- Other conditions.
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Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking carnosine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Low blood pressure: Carnosine might lower blood pressure. In theory, taking carnosine might make blood pressure become too low in people with low blood pressure.
Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
Carnosine might decrease blood pressure in some people. Taking carnosine along with medications used for lowering high blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to go too low. Do not take too much carnosine if you are taking medications for high blood pressure.
Some medications for high blood pressure include nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia), verapamil (Calan, Isoptin, Verelan), diltiazem (Cardizem), isradipine (DynaCirc), felodipine (Plendil), amlodipine (Norvasc), and others.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011