policosanol

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policosanol

(pŏl″ē-kŏs′ăn-ŏl)
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.

policosanol (pōˈ·lē·kōˑ·s·nl),

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.
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