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PERILLYL ALCOHOL

Other Names:

Acide Dihydropérillique, Acide Périllique, Alcohol Perílico, Alcool Périllique, Dihydroperillic Acid, Monoterpene Perillyl Alcohol, Monoterpène, Perillic Acid, Périllique, Perillyl, Perilyl, Perrillyl, POH.

PERILLYL ALCOHOL Overview
PERILLYL ALCOHOL Uses
PERILLYL ALCOHOL Side Effects
PERILLYL ALCOHOL Interactions
PERILLYL ALCOHOL Dosing
PERILLYL ALCOHOL Overview Information

Perillyl alcohol is a chemical found in certain plants such as lavender and citrus fruits.

People take perillyl alcohol for cancer including lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and brain cancer. It is also used for cancers that don’t seem to respond to treatment.

Perillyl alcohol is sometimes applied directly to the skin as a mosquito repellent.

How does it work?

There isn’t enough information to know how perillyl alcohol might work against cancer. Test tube research and research in animals suggest that perillyl alcohol might prevent cancer cells from growing. But there is not enough information to know if perillyl alcohol has this effect in people.

Perillyl alcohol seems to repel mosquitoes. There isn’t enough information to know how perillyl alcohol might do this.

PERILLYL ALCOHOL Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Braincancer. There are some reports that putting perillyl alcohol solution in the nose might shrink a certain type of brain tumor called oligodendroglioma.
  • Prostate cancer. There is some evidence that taking perillyl alcohol does not keep prostate cancer from advancing. But the results of this study are unreliable because many of the patients enrolled in the study dropped out early. They couldn’t tolerate the side effects of perillyl alcohol.
  • Lung cancer.
  • Breast cancer.
  • Colon cancer.
  • Use as a mosquito repellent, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of perillyl alcohol for these uses.


PERILLYL ALCOHOL Side Effects & Safety

Perillyl alcohol seems to be safe when used with medical supervision. Don’t use it on your own.

Perillyl alcohol can cause several serious side effects including stomach upset, reflux, nausea, diarrhea or constipation, fatigue, and headache. Higher doses are more likely to cause more side effects. Many people who take perillyl alcohol have to stop because they can’t tolerate the side effects, even at usual doses.

There is one report each of pancreatitis, increased bilirubin (which is a measure of liver function), increased white blood cell count, and low potassium levels in people taking perillyl alcohol.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of perillyl alcohol during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

PERILLYL ALCOHOL Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for PERILLYL ALCOHOL Interactions

PERILLYL ALCOHOL Dosing

The appropriate dose of perillyl alcohol depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for perillyl alcohol. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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