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Cranberry

Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Brand Name: American cranberry, black cranberry, European cranberry, low cranberry, mossberry, Oxycoccus macrocarpus, trailing swamp cranberry, Vaccinium edule, Vaccinium erythrocarpum, vaccinium macrocarpon, Vaccinium occycoccus, Vaccinium vitis

Generic Name: Cranberry

Drug Class: Urology, Herbals

What Is Cranberry and How Does It Work?

Cranberry is suggested for use in urinary tract infection (UTI) prevention, as a urinary deodorizer for incontinent patients, to treat type 2 diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, scurvy, pleurisy, as a diuretic, antiseptic, antipyretic, and to treat cancer.

Studies show significant reduction in the risk of recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI's) in the elderly, hospitalized patients, and pregnant women.

There is no reliable evidence that shows effectiveness for treating urinary tract infection (UTI).

Urinary odor: Preliminary research shows there may be a reduction in urinary odor in patients receiving oral cranberry.

Diabetes: Clinical studies show NO improvement in fasting blood glucose, HbA1c, fructosamine, triglyceride, HDL cholesterol, or LDL cholesterol levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Cranberry is available under the following different brand names: American cranberry, black cranberry, European cranberry, low cranberry, mossberry, Oxycoccus macrocarpus, trailing swamp cranberry, Vaccinium edule, Vaccinium erythrocarpum, vaccinium macrocarpon, Vaccinium occycoccus, and Vaccinium vitis.

Dosages of Cranberry:

Suggested Dosing

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), Prevention

Juice

  • Cranberry juice cocktail (26% cranberry juice): 10-16 oz/day orally
  • Cranberry juice: 15 mL twice a day orally

Capsule

  • 400 mg twice a day orally

Topical

  • Leaves are used for bruises, sprains, wounds, and burns

Urinary Deodorizer for Incontinent Patients

Cranberry juice cocktail

  • 3-6 oz/day orally

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

  • See “Suggested Dosing”
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/6/2017



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