What Are The Uses Of Chitosan?
Chitosan is basically a sugar which is derived from the hard and tough external skeleton of shellfish such as lobster, crab and shrimp and is used as a medicine. Chitosan has many medical uses and is used to treat:
- High cholesterol, obesity
- Crohn’s disease, symptoms of kidney failure
- Inflammation of gums (periodontitis)
- Prevent dental caries or cavities, dental plaque
- To heal wounds
Chitosan is also used:
- In plastic surgery to rebuild donor tissue.
- In pharmaceuticals, it is used as a filler in tablets.
- In controlled-release medicines as carriers.
- To improve the way certain medicines dissolve.
- To mask bitter-tasting oral solutions.
What Are The Side Effects Of Chitosan?
Chitosan is quite safe when applied to the skin or taken orally for a period of up to 6 months. However, when taken orally, it may cause certain side effects such as:
If these side effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor immediately.
What Are The Contraindications Of Chitosan?
If you are planning to use chitosan, inform your doctor, if you are:
- Pregnant, breastfeeding
- Have a shellfish allergy