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Arsenic

Vitamin / Mineral Supplement Overview:
Arsenic is thought to be essential in trace amounts, however the benefits are not known. It is used in homeopathic treatments for some digestive problems including burning pain and symptoms of dehydration. However, it is a metallic element that is extremely poisonous. Most people receive an adequate amount from their diet.

How Arsenic Minerals Work in Your Body:
It is not clear how arsenic works in the body exactly
Supplementation is generally NOT required
Treats some digestive problems
Toxicity can occur if doses large than 250 mcg are taken a day. Most diets have about 140 mcg per day.
May assist in methionine metabolism

Where This Mineral is Found:
(This is a natural substance that is not produced synthetically)
Breads
Meats
Starchy vegetables
Cereals
Fish

Using Arsenic:
Available as arsenic album (ars alb), liquid, or tablets.

Medical Precautions: Over 55:
Due to decreased liver or kidney function older people may have an increased risk of excess arsenic

Pregnancy:
Do not use.

Breastfeeding:
Do not use.

Vitamin Supplement Storage:
Keep in a cool and dry location and away from direct light, but do not freeze.
Keep safely away from children.
Do not keep in bathroom medicine cabinet. Heat and dampness may alter the action of the mineral.

Symptoms of Deficiency:
No known symptoms exist

Overdose:
For accidental overdose: dial 911 (emergency), 0 for operator or call your closest Poison Control Center for immediate attention.

Effect on Lab Tests:
Effects are unknown

Side Effects:
Signs and symptoms : What to do
Chronic symptoms include headaches, convulsion, confusion, drowsiness and change in color of fingernails. : Discontinue use of mineral. Consult with your physician immediately.
Acute symptoms include vomiting, Diarrhoea, blood in urine, muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, hair loss and dermatitis. : Discontinue use of mineral. Consult with your physician immediately.
Coma and death are possible when toxic arsenic levels accumulate. : Discontinue use of mineral. Consult with your physician immediately.
Lungs, skin, kidneys and liver are most affected by toxicity : Discontinue use of mineral. Consult with your physician immediately.
Many types of cancer have been linked to arsenic exposure. : Discontinue use of mineral. Consult with your physician immediately.

Interactions:
Interacts with : Combined Effect
Dimercaprol : Treats arsenic toxicity, especially in the first 24 hours after exposure.
Vitamin C : Defends (somewhat) against arsenic toxicity.

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