What Is Silicon and How Does It Work?

Silicon is a mineral. Silicon supplements are used for weak bones (osteoporosis), heart disease and stroke (cardiovascular disease), Alzheimer's disease, hair loss, and improving hair and nail quality. It is also used for improving skin healing; and for treating sprains and strains, as well as digestive system disorders.

There is insufficient data on the efficacy of silicon.

Silicon is NOT the same as silicone. Silicone is the name of a group of materials resembling plastic that contain silicon, oxygen, and other chemicals. Silicone is used to make breast implants, medical tubing, and a variety of other medical devices.

Dosage of Silicon

There is no recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for silicon, since an essential biological role for it has not been identified.

Dosing Consideraations – Should be Given as Follows:

Dietary Supplement


  • Adult: 5-20 mg/day, maximum 50 mg/day; up to 700 mg taken without apparent harm
  • Daily diet normally provides enough to meet requirements
  • Sources of silicon: Oats, rice, and barley; also found in fruits and vegetables
  • Pediatric: Safety and efficacy not established

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Silicon?

There are no known side effects associated with using silicon; silicon is present in neurofibrillary tangles in Alzheimer's disease.

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 Silicon?

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.

Silicon has no known severe, serious, moderate, or mild interactions with other drugs.

This information does not contain all possible interactions or adverse effects. 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 this information with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your health care professional or doctor for additional medical advice, or if you have health questions, concerns or for more information about this medicine.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Silicon?


This medication contains silicon. Do not take silicon if you are allergic to silicon 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


  • Hypersensitivity

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information available

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Silicon?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Silicon?"


  • None

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • There is no information available on the use of silicon during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Consult your doctor.
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