Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the human body, in fact it is the most bountiful protein of the entire body and it can be found readily in skin, bones, muscles, and tendons. Collagen molecules are densely compressed and create fibrils which are long and strong, and it is these fibrils that provide strength and elasticity in the body. Unfortunately, as we age collagen production decreases, thus many people seek collagen enhancement through various medical products and procedures. Collagen has many medical uses such as wound care, surgical and cardiac applications, bone grafts, tissue regeneration and more.
Collagen comes in many delivery forms from gel capsules to oral liquid, topical creams and ointments, injectable medication, and more. Consult with your compounding pharmacist about your options; a compounding pharmacy can create a delivery application customized for your specific needs and condition.
As the uses for collagen are wide and varied, consult with your physician about your condition and desired outcome. If prescribed collagen in any form, closely follow your physician's specific directions for usage.
Patients using collagen in any form could possibly experience side effects, although many tolerate its use quite well. If you are using collagen, watch for side effects and always contact your physician or emergency medical facility if you begin to experience troubling side effects or side effects that are not leaving in a timely manner according to your expectations. Common side effects seen with some forms of collagen are:
Collagen may be contraindicated for many different diseases, conditions, or sensitivities, and since collagen comes in many forms the list of possible contraindications is long. A partial list of some types of possible contraindications is below but only your physician can advise you on possible contraindications specific to your medical history and condition, so consult with him or her before using collagen.
This form of collagen may be contraindicated for anyone with any of the following conditions:
May be contraindicated for anyone with an allergy to any of the following as well:
This form of collagen may be contraindicated for anyone with an allergy to any of the following:
May be contraindicated for patients who have the following conditions or sensitivities:
As collagen has many uses for many conditions, and collagen may interact with other medications and drugs and may not be suitable for use by patients with various conditions or diseases, anyone considering using collagen in any form is strongly urged to consult with their physician and have a full medical review before using it.
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