thymus extract

thymus extract

(thahy-muhs) ,


(trade name),


(trade name),

thymus polypeptides

(trade name)


Therapeutic: antiasthmatics
Respiratory infections.Allergic rhinitis.Asthma.Food allergies.


Thymus extract is derived from bovine thymus glands. It induces T-lymphocyte maturation, stimulates T-cell proliferation, enhances mature T-cell function and has indirect effects on macrophages and B-cell functions. It also reduces airway hyperresponsiveness to methacholine in atopic asthma patients.

Therapeutic effects

Improved immune function.
Reduced acute asthma attacks.


Absorption: Unknown
Distribution: Unknown
Metabolism and Excretion: Unknown
Half-life: Unknown

Time/action profile



Contraindicated in: Hypersensitivity.Immunocompromised patients should only use products that are certified pathogen-free to reduce the risk of infection from diseased animal parts.
Use Cautiously in: Pregnancy and lactation.

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects


  • Potential risk of contamination from diseased animal parts.


Avoid use withimmunosuppressants unless products are certified pathogen-free.None.
Oral (Adults) 750 mg/day of crude thymus polypeptide fraction or 120 mg/day of pure thymus polypeptides (thymomodulin).



Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Assess symptoms of cold or allergies related to the purpose thymus extract is being taken.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Risk for infection (Indications)


  • Oral: Administer as recommended.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Discuss with patient purpose for taking thymus extract.
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional of all Rx or OTC medications, vitamins, or herbal products being taken and to consult with health care professional before taking other medications.
  • Advise female patient to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected or if breastfeeding.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Improvement in symptoms of cold or allergic rhinitis.
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(2) Oral consumption of a bovine thymus extract has been shown to reduce the frequency of recurrent respiratory infections and increase salivary IgA in children.
Some Siberian ginseng and royal jelly will help your vitality,and vitamin E and thymus extract will also help as well as doing great things for your immune system.
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[18] In one HBV study, thymus extract was used to modulate immune-mediated reactions.
Bovine thymus extracts have been available for more than 65 years.
Liquid thymus extracts are derived from juvenile calves for oral administration.
Studies have shown liquid thymus extracts to be completely non-toxic and without side effects.