Generic Name: shark cartilage (Not applicable.)
Brand Name: Generics only. No brands available.
Shark cartilage is used for:
An addition to cancer therapy to lessen pain and improve appetite. Shark cartilage is also claimed to be useful in psoriasis and arthritis. It may also have other uses. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand you use.
Shark cartilage is finely ground cartilage from sharks. It is thought to work by providing a protein substance that blocks new blood networks from forming. Tumors and certain other diseases are dependent on new blood networks.
Do NOT use shark cartilage if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in shark cartilage
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using shark cartilage:
Some medical conditions may interact with shark cartilage. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have high calcium levels in the blood or a history of liver disease
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with shark cartilage. However, no specific interactions are known at this time.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if shark cartilage may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use shark cartilage:
Use shark cartilage as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Dosing depends on the use and the source of the product.
- Use as directed on the package, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.
- If you miss taking a dose of shark cartilage for 1 or more days, there is no cause for concern. If your doctor recommended that you take it, try to remember your dose every day.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use shark cartilage.
Important safety information:
- Check with your doctor before you begin taking any new medicine, either prescription or over-the-counter.
- This product has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as safe and effective for any medical condition. The long-term safety of dietary supplements is not known. Before using any alternative medicine, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Keep all doctor and laboratory appointments while taking shark cartilage.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not take this product if you are pregnant. Do not breast-feed while taking this product.
Possible side effects of shark cartilage:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); behavior changes; hyperactivity; severe mood swings or unusual irritability.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of shark cartilage:
Store at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and light unless otherwise directed on the package label. Do not store in the bathroom. Most dietary supplements are not in childproof containers. Keep shark cartilage out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about shark cartilage, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Shark cartilage is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take shark cartilage or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about shark cartilage. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to shark cartilage. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using shark cartilage.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.