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Chlorophyll

What is it?

Chlorophyll is the substance responsible for the green color in plants. It is used as a supplement for bad breath, cancer, constipation (difficulty having a bowel movement), gas, to decrease urine and fecal odors due to incontinence, and help wound healing. Chlorophyll is found in: algae, spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass, and barley brass.

Other names for chlorophyll include: chlorophyllin, chlorin e4, and chlorin e6.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease

Dosage:

Talk with your caregiver about how much chlorophyll you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking chlorophyll. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.

Drug and Food Interactions:

Chlorophyll may interact with other medicines you may be taking. Talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse before taking chlorophyll with any other medicine.

Warnings:

  • Before taking chlorophyll, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Chlorophyll can cause skin or clothing staining (2)
  • Do not use wet dressings of chlorophyll on the skin for over a week (4)

Side Effects:

Call your doctor right away if you have any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hand, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing or rash.

Other Side Effects:

This medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

References:

1. Young R & Beregi J: Use of chlorophyllin in the care of geriatric patients. J Am Ger Soc 1980; 28(1):46-47.

2. Golden T & Burke JF: Effective management of offensive odors. Gastroenterol 1956; 31:260-265.

3. Lam CR & Brush BE: Chlorophyll and wound healing: experimental and clinical study. Am J Surg 1950:204-210.

4. Bowers WF: Chlorophyll in wound healing and suppurative disease. Am J Surg 1947:73(1):37-50.


Last Updated: 11/4/2014

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