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Spirulina

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 17, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • Anabaena species
  • Aphanizomenon flos-aquae
  • Arthrospira maxima
  • Arthrospira platensis
  • Lyngbya wollei
  • Microcystis aeruginosa
  • Microcystis wesenbergii
  • Nostoc ellipsosporum
  • Spirulina fusiformis
  • Spirulina maxima
  • Spirulina pacifica
  • Spirulina platensis
  • AFA
  • Algae
  • Algas Verdiazul
  • Algues BleuVert
  • Algues BleuVert du Lac Klamath
  • Anabaena
  • Aphanizomenon flosaquae
  • Arthrospira fusiformis
  • Arthrospira maxima
  • Arthrospira platensis
  • BGA
  • Blue Green Algae
  • Blue Green Algas
  • Blue Green Micro-Algae
  • Cyanobacteria
  • Cyanobactérie
  • Cyanophycée
  • Dihe
  • Espirulina
  • Hawaiian Spirulina
  • Klamath
  • Klamath Blue/Green Algae
  • Klamath Lake Algae
  • Lyngbya wollei
  • Microcystis aeruginosa and other Microcystis species
  • Nostoc ellipsosporum
  • SBGA
  • SF
  • Spirulina Blue-Green Algae
  • Spirulina fusiformis
  • Spirulina maxima
  • Spirulina platensis
  • Spiruline
  • Spiruline d'Hawaii
  • Tecuitlatl

What is this product used for?

Spirulina is used by some people to help with allergies and asthma. Others believe it will help fight infections. Some people believe it will help with cancer. Spirulina is used by some people to help with diabetes or high cholesterol levels. Others may use it to help with mouth sores. It may also be used to help with weight loss.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with other drugs or natural products.

  • This product may interfere with some lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all drugs you are taking.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Take extra care if you are at a high risk for infection. This includes people who have had a transplant, are on chemo, or have an autoimmune disease.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to thin your blood. These are drugs like warfarin (Coumadin), heparin, and other anticoagulants.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Liver problems

    • Bleeding disorders

    • Phenylketonuria

    • Autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and pemphigus vulgaris

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Increased gas

  • Swelling

  • Tiredness

  • Headache

  • Feeling dizzy

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Signs of liver problems. These include upset stomach or throwing up, belly pain, feeling tired, dark urine, yellow skin or eyes, not hungry.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad belly pain

  • Very bad loose stools

Last Reviewed Date

2017-10-13

Consumer information use

This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your healthcare provider. Only your healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to provide advice that is right for you. You should not rely on this information in deciding whether or not to use, or accept your healthcare provider’s advice regarding use of, any natural products or similar treatments, therapies, or life-style choices. This information does not endorse any natural products or similar treatments, therapies, or life-style choices as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information. It does NOT include all information about natural products, possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to you. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about your health and treatment options.

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