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Agaricus Mushroom

Uses|Precautions & warnings|Side effects|Interactions|Dosage

Uses

What is Agaricus mushroom used for?

Agaricus mushroom (Agaricus blazei) is a fungus that is native to Brazil and cultivated in other countries such as Japan and China, mainly as ingredients for herbal supplements and extracts.

Agaricus mushroom has not been approved by the FDA for any specific treatment, whether alone or in combination with other medications, however, the touted medicinal properties of Agaricus mushroom include:

  • Cancer treatment and prevention
  • Treatment of inflammatory conditions
  • Treatment of allergies
  • Complimentary treatment in diabetes mellitus
  • Antioxidant
  • Immunity boosting

How does it work?

While the exact mechanism of action of Agaricus mushroom has not been established, research has shown that it is rich in β-glucans. β-Glucans are structural sugars that are commonly found in the cell walls of fungi, like the Agaricus mushroom. β-Glucans have antitumor, anti-infective, and anti-inflammatory properties which are mediated by the body’s immune cells.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Agaricus mushroom?

Before using this medication, inform your doctor if:

  • You have ever had an adverse reaction to Agaricus mushroom or other mushrooms or fungi.
  • You have a history of allergy to other medications, food, or other substances.
  • You are taking other medications, especially antidiabetic medications.
  • You have underlying health conditions, such as liver disease or diabetes mellitus.

How safe is Agaricus mushroom?

Pregnancy and breastfeeding:

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this medication during pregnancy. This drug should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus, as determined by your doctor.

This drug may or may not be excreted in breast milk. This drug should be used while breastfeeding only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the child, as determined by your doctor.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from Agaricus mushroom?

Agaricus mushroom causes these side effects, such as:

  • Hypoglycemia in some people with diabetes
  • Liver damage
  • Itching
  • Rashes
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Agaricus mushroom?

This drug may interact with other medications. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and inform your doctor and pharmacist.

Known drugs that may interact with Agaricus mushroom include:

  • Antidiabetics
    • Glimepiride
    • Glyburide
    • Insulin
    • Pioglitazone
    • Rosiglitazone
    • Chlorpropamide
    • Glipizide
    • Tolbutamide

If you experience an adverse drug interaction, stop taking this drug and continue taking your other medication. Inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan. Your dose may need to be adjusted, substituted with another drug, or discontinue using the drug.

Does food or alcohol interact with Agaricus mushroom?

There are no significant food or alcohol interactions with this drug.

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding food-drug interactions.

What health conditions may interact with Agaricus mushroom?

This drug should be taken with caution if you have any of the following conditions or risk factors:

  • Diabetes
  • Liver damage
  • Allergies to mushrooms

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding specific health conditions.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for Agaricus mushroom?

For diabetes:

The recommended dose is 500 mg of Agaricus mushroom extract three times daily.

As a dietary supplement:

Take 500 mg two to three times per day with water.

The dose for this supplement may vary from person to person. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication to treat different conditions.

What form does Agaricus mushroom come in?

This herbal supplement may be available in the following dosage forms:

  • Capsules 200mg, 350mg, 500mg

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2013/842619/

http://www.medicalmushrooms.net/agaricus-blazei/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3168293/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17895634/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17309383/

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Written by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD on Jun 28, 2020
Medically reviewed by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD
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