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Silicon

What is it?

Silicon is a mineral that is used as a supplement for strong bones, connective tissue, hair, and skin. It has also been suggested for use in atherosclerosis (fat deposits on arteries).

Other names for Silicon include: Sodium Metasilicate and Colloidal Silicic Acid.

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 Silicon you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Silicon. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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 Silicon, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • High amounts of aluminum and Silicon have been found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Taking more than 50 milligrams of Silicon daily is not advised (1)

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:

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. Murray MT: Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements. Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA; 1996.

2. Lassus A: Colloidal silicic acid for oral and topical treatment of aged skin, fragile hair and brittle nails in females. J Int Med Res 1993; 21:209-215.


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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