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Review: Phytosterol side effects

In this review, we analyze Phytosterol side effects by the time on the drug, gender and age (0-60+) of the people who have side effects while taking Phytosterol. The review is based on 7 people who have side effects while taking Phytosterol from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

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What is Phytosterol

Phytosterol (latest outcomes) has active ingredients of beta - sitosterol.

It can also be called: Beta - Sitosterol, Stigmasterol, Angelicin, B-sitosterol 3-B-D-glucoside, B-sitosterolin, Beta Sitosterin, Beta Sitosterol, Beta-sitosterol Glucoside, Beta-sitosterol Glycoside, Campesterol, Cinchol, Cupreol, Phytosterol Esters, Phytosterols, Plant Sterol Esters, Plant Sterolins, Plant Sterols, Quebrachol, Rhamnol, Sitosterin, Sitosterol, Sitosterolins, Sterinol, Sterolins, Vegetable Oil Sterol Esters, 3-beta-stigmast-5-en-3-ol, 22-23-dihydrostigmasterol, 24-beta-ethyl-delta-5-cholesten-3beta-ol, 24-ethyl-cholesterol.

On Jan, 11, 2015: 7 people who reported to have side effects when taking Phytosterol are studied


Most common side effects over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
n/an/an/an/aDehydration (dryness resulting from the removal of water)n/aOsteoporosis (bones weak and more likely to break)Heat Rash
Rash Papular (redness with papule)
Pruritus (severe itching of the skin)
Rash Macular (small, flat red spots)
Rash (redness)
Blood Test Abnormal
Coagulopathy (blood's ability to clot is impaired)
Nightmare (unpleasant dream)

Most common side effects by gender * :

Coagulopathy (blood's ability to clot is impaired)Heat Rash
Blood Test AbnormalRash Papular (redness with papule)
Nightmare (unpleasant dream)Pruritus (severe itching of the skin)
Rash Macular (small, flat red spots)
Rash (redness)
Osteoporosis (bones weak and more likely to break)
Dehydration (dryness resulting from the removal of water)

Most common side effects by age * :

n/an/an/an/an/an/aDehydration (dryness resulting from the removal of water)Rash Macular (small, flat red spots)
Heat Rash
Rash Papular (redness with papule)
Pruritus (severe itching of the skin)
Rash (redness)
Coagulopathy (blood's ability to clot is impaired)
Osteoporosis (bones weak and more likely to break)
Blood Test Abnormal
Nightmare (unpleasant dream)

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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