Complementary/Alternative Medicine: This monograph describes a natural or herbal product that is not subject to FDA guidelines for medicines. Patients and clinicians are advised to read package labels carefully to ensure safe and efficacious use.
Phenols present in olive oil have antioxidant, vasodilating, and antiplatelet properties. Olive oil also improves endothelial tissue function and decreases LDL cholesterol's contribution to atherogenesis in patients with hypercholesterolemia.
Decreased total cholesterol levels.
Metabolism and Excretion: Unknown
Use Cautiously in:
Pregnancy and lactation (avoid using in amounts greater than those found in foods)
Adverse Reactions/Side Effects
Derm: contact dermatitis (topical)
* CAPITALS indicate life-threatening. Underline indicate most frequent.
Natural Drug Interaction
May have additive hypoglycemic effects with antidiabetic agents.
May have additive hypotensive effects with antihypertensive agents.
May have additive hypoglycemic effects with herbs that decrease blood glucose levels includingdevil's clawfenugreekgarlicginsengandpsyllium.
May have additive hypotensive effects with herbs that ↓ BP includingcoenzyme Q-10fish oilL-argininecat's clawandstinging nettle.
PO (Adults) Constipation–30 mL of oil; Hypertension–30–40 grams/day; Hyperlipidemia–23 grams/day (2 tablespoons); Reduction of risk of first myocardial infarction–54 grams/day.
Assess patient for abdominal distention, presence of bowel sounds, and usual pattern of bowel function.
Assess color, consistency, and amount of stool produced
Obtain a diet history, especially with regard to fat consumption.
Lab Test Considerations:
Monitor serum cholesterol levels before and periodically during therapy.
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