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Colostrum

What is it?

Colostrum (also called foremilk) is the first milk that comes from the breasts of mothers within the first 24 to 48 hours after the birth of a baby. It is a very healthy liquid for babies to receive. Animal colostrum is dried and used as a supplement to treat infections, allergies, autoimmune disease, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, weight loss, diarrhea, and wound healing.

Other names for Colostrum include: Bovine Colostrum.

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 Colostrum you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Colostrum. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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.

Warnings:

  • Before taking Colostrum, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • Nausea (upset stomach) and vomiting (throwing up) (4)
  • Flatulence (gas) (5)

References:

1. Ebina T et al: Prevention of rotavirus infection by cow colostrum antibody against human rotaviruses. Lancet 1983; 29(8357):1029-1030.

2. Mero A et al: Effects of bovine colostrum supplementation on serum IGF-1, IgG, hormone, and saliva IgA during training. J Appl Physiol 1997; 83(4):1144-1151.

3. Kotrbacek V et al: Increased immune response in broilers after administration of natural food supplements. Vet Med 1994; 39(6):321-328.

4. Greenberg PD & Cello JP: Treatment of severe diarrhea caused by Cryptosporidium parvum with oral bovine immunoglobulin concentrate in patients with AIDS. J Acquir Immun Defic Syndr Hum Retrovirol 1996; 13(4);348-354.

5. Rump JA, Arndt R, Arnold A et al: Treatment of diarrhoea in human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients with immunoglobulins from bovine colostrum. Clin Investig 1992; 70(7):588-594.

6. Sarker SA, Casswall TH, Mahalanabis D et al: Successful treatment of rotavirus diarrhea in children with immunoglobulin from immunized bovine colostrum. Pediatr Infect Dis J 1998; 17(12):1149-1154.


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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