In this Article
- What other names is Pycnogenol known by?
- What is Pycnogenol?
- How does Pycnogenol work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Pycnogenol.
Medications that decrease the immune system (Immunosuppressants)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
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Pycnogenol seems to increase the immune system. By increasing the immune system, pycnogenol might decrease the effectiveness of medications that decrease the immune system.
Some medications that decrease the immune system include azathioprine (Imuran), basiliximab (Simulect), cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune), daclizumab (Zenapax), muromonab-CD3 (OKT3, Orthoclone OKT3), mycophenolate (CellCept), tacrolimus (FK506, Prograf), sirolimus (Rapamune), prednisone (Deltasone, Orasone), corticosteroids (glucocorticoids), and others.
- For allergies: 50 mg twice daily.
- For asthma in children: 1 mg per pound of body weight given in two divided doses.
- For poor circulation: 45-360 mg daily, or 50-100 mg three times daily.
- For diseases of the retina, including those related to diabetes: 50 mg three times daily.
- For mild high blood pressure: 200 mg of pycnogenol daily.
- For improving exercise capacity in athletes: 200 mg daily.
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