Blue-Green Algae

Reviewed on 9/2/2021

What Is Blue-Green Algae Used For and How Does it Work?

  • Blue-green algae suggested uses include as a source of protein, iron, B vitamins; to treat oral leukoplakia and to increase energy/metabolism.
  • Blue-green algae are effective as a source of protein and iron (but expensive on a gram-for-gram basis compared to foods).
  • Blue-green algae are likely effective for leukoplakia.
  • Blue-green algae are possibly ineffective as a vitamin B12 source and weight-loss aid.
  • Blue-green algae are available under the following different brand names: spirulina.

What Are the Dosages of Blue-Green Algae?

Dosages of Blue-Green Algae:

  • See package label

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Leukoplakia

  • 1 g orally once daily for 12 days

Blepharospasm

  • 1500 mg (Super Blue-Green Algae (SBGA) capsules) orally

QUESTION

According to the USDA, there is no difference between a “portion” and a “serving.” See Answer

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Blue-Green Algae?

Common side effects of Blue-Green Algae include:

  • Microcystin (Contaminant)
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Liver toxicity
  • Shock

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Blue-Green Algae?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.

  • Blue-green algae have no listed severe interactions with other drugs.
  • Blue-green algae have no listed serious interactions with other drugs.
  • Blue-green algae have no listed moderate interactions with other drugs.
  • Blue-green algae have no listed 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 Blue-Green Algae?

Warnings

  • This medication contains Blue-Green Algae. Do not take spirulina if you are allergic to blue-green algae 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.

Contraindications

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information is available.

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Blue-Green Algae?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Blue-Green Algae?"

Cautions

  • None listed.

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • There is no information available on the use of blue-green algae during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Consult your doctor.

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References
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/spirulina-blue-green-algae-344451

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