Sea Cucumber

Reviewed on 9/16/2021

What Is Sea Cucumber and How Does It Work?

Sea cucumber suggested uses include for cancer, arthritis, impotence, and urinary frequency.

  • In vitro studies show potential for the efficacy of sea cucumber. There are few clinical trials to verify medicinal claims but pharmaceutical companies have shown interest. Sea cucumber is used in traditional Asian medicine.
  • Sea cucumber is available under the following different brand names: beche-de-mer, haishen, holothurian, and trepang.

What Are Dosages of Sea Cucumber?

Dosages of Sea Cucumber
  • See manufacturer's instructions
Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:
  • See manufacturer's instructions


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What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Sea Cucumber?

Common side effects of sea_cucumber include:

  • None reported; generally well tolerated

This is not a complete list of side effects and other serious side effects may occur. Call your doctor for information and medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What Other Drugs Interact with Sea Cucumber?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication for your condition, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions or side effects and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of this medicine or any medicine before getting further information from your doctor, healthcare provider, or pharmacist first.

  • Sea cucumber has no known severe interactions with other drugs.
  • Sea cucumber has no known serious interactions with other drugs.
  • Sea cucumber has no known moderate interactions with other drugs.
  • Sea cucumber has no known mild interactions with other drugs.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Sea Cucumber?


This medication contains sea cucumber. Do not take beche-de-mer, haishen, holothurian, or trepang if you are allergic to sea cucumber or any ingredients contained in this drug.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.


  • None

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information available

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Sea Cucumber?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Sea Cucumber?"


Pregnancy and Lactation

  • There is no information available about use of sea cucumber during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Consult your doctor.


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