April 2002 Issue

Tainted Supplements

If you take either of the herbal supplements known as PC-SPES and SPES, stop their use immediately. PC-SPES (spes means "hope" in Latin) has shown success in alleviating symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy and even advanced prostate cancer. But random samples were recently found to contain warfarin (Coumadin), a prescription blood thinner. SPES, a supplement to strengthen immunity, was found to contain the anti-anxiety drug alprazolam (Xanax). People taking these supplements should see their doctors, particularly if they take prescription drugs

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