policosanol(redirected from Polycosanol)
A mixture of long-chain alcohols derived from sugar cane and other natural sources. It has been promoted as a natural lipid-lowering agent. Studies sponsored by the manufacturer of policosanol have shown striking results, but no effect on lipid levels was found during an independent trial performed in Germany.
n a waxy derivative of sugar cane or beeswax. Has been used to reduce cholesterol levels, to treat intermittent claudication, to enhance athletic performance, and as a possible adjunct in treating Parkinson's disease. Caution is advised for patients taking antiplatelet medications, anticoagulants, levodopa, and nitroprusside. See also octacosanol.