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Shark cartilage

Name of the generic: shark cartilage [SHARK-CAR’ti-laghe]

The class of drug: herbal products

What is Shark cartilage?

Shark cartilage originates from the skeletal tissue of sharks that are caught in the Pacific Ocean. Shark cartilage is also known as AE-941, Cartilage de Requin, Cartilago de Tiburon, Collagene Marin, Extrait du Cartilage de Requin, Liquide de Cartilage Marin, Marine Collagen, Marine Liquid Cartilage, Neovastat, Poudre de Cartilage de Requin, also referred to by its Latin names Sphyrna lewini and Squalus acanthias is available from various suppliers worldwide.

Shark cartilage is also utilized for treating tumors. However, research has revealed that shark cartilage isn't likely to prove efficient in treating advanced cancer.Other uses that aren't supported by research include the treatment of osteoarthritis, Kaposi's sarcoma, psoriasis, macular degeneration (age-related loss of vision), and a variety of other ailments.A particular product (Neovastat) that contains shark cartilage extract has prolonged the life expectancy of certain people who suffer from renal cancer.

It isn't clear if shark cartilage can be beneficial for treating medical conditions. The use of this product for medicinal purposes is not recognized by the FDA. Shark cartilage shouldn't be used in lieu of medications prescribed by your doctor.

Shark cartilage is typically advertised as an herbal supplement. There aren't any regulated manufacturing standards for a variety of herbal compounds, and some of the supplements that are advertised have been identified as infected with harmful metals or substances. Health supplements and herbal remedies should be bought from a reputable source to reduce the risk of contamination.Shark cartilage can also be used for other purposes not mentioned in this product guide.

Side effects of Shark cartilage

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you notice any of the following symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your lips, face, or tongue,

Don't use the shark's cartilage, and contact your doctor immediately. If you suffer from:

  • A feeling of lightheadedness, as if you're passing out or
  • High blood sugar: increased thirst, a higher frequency of food consumption, a dry mouth smell, fruity breath, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, losing weight

Common negative side effects of shark cartilage could include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, upset stomach;
  • Constipation;
  • Dizziness;
  • Exhausted, feeling tired
  • Unusual or unpleasant taste on the tongue.

This isn't a complete list of all the side effects. Other side effects could be present. Contact your doctor for advice regarding medical effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Follow all the instructions on the label of the product and the packaging. Be sure to inform your healthcare professionals about your allergies, medical conditions, and all medications you take.

Prior to use this drug

Talk to a pharmacist, doctor, or other healthcare professional about whether it is appropriate for you to take this medication when you are:

  • Excessive levels of calcium within your blood (hypercalcemia).

It is unknown if shark cartilage is harmful to the unborn baby. Do not apply this product without medical advice if you're expecting

It is unclear if shark cartilage is absorbed into breast milk or if it can harm the nursing infant. Do not apply this product without medical guidance if you are breastfeeding babies.Don't give a health or herbal supplement to a child unless you have a medical recommendation.

How to take Shark cartilage?

If you're considering taking herbal supplements, you should seek the advice of your physician. You might also think about consulting an expert who has been trained in the use of herbal or health supplements.If you opt to use shark cartilage, follow the directions on the label or as recommended by your pharmacist, doctor, or any other healthcare professional. Don't use more of the product than is indicated by the manufacturer on its label.

The shark cartilage may be safe if consumed by mouth for up to 40 months and applied to skin for up to eight weeks.Don't take the topical (for the face) shark cartilage orally. Topical forms of this item are only for use to apply it directly to your skin.

Don't mix various forms (tablets, liquids, tincture teas, etc.) Of cartilage in sharks simultaneously without a medical consultation. Combining different forms of shark cartilage can increase the risk of overdose.Contact your physician to discuss your condition if the one you're treating with shark cartilage is not improving or becomes worse when you use this product.Keep at room temperature, far from heat, humidity, and light.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Do not miss your missed dosage if it's nearing the time for the next dose. Do not apply extra shark cartilage to replace the dose that was missed.

What happens if I overdose?

In medical emergencies, seek immediate medical assistance or contact the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Avoid eating shark cartilage when you take a mineral or vitamin supplement that has calcium.Acidic fruit juices (orange, grape, apple, or tomato juices) could affect the effectiveness of shark cartilage when mixed. When you add shark cartilage to any of these juices, drink it straight now. Don't save the mix to use later on.

Interaction with other drugs

Do not consume shark cartilage without seeking medical advice if you are taking any of the following drugs:

  • Medicines that reduce the strength of your immune system, such as cancer medicines, steroids, cancer medicine, and other medications, to avoid organ donation

This list isn't complete. Other medications can affect shark cartilage, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. There are many possible interactions that are not described in this product guide.