thymus extract

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thymus extract

(thahy-muhs) ,

thymomodulin

(trade name),

thymostimulin

(trade name),

thymus polypeptides

(trade name)

Classification

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

Action

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.

Pharmacokinetics

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

Time/action profile

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Contraindications/Precautions

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

Miscellaneous

  • Potential risk of contamination from diseased animal parts.

Interactions

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).

Availability

Capsules:

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)

Implementation

  • 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.