Policosanol is a dietary supplement typically used to treat high cholesterol. It is thought to work by increasing the breakdown of cholesterol in the body and decreasing cholesterol production in the liver. It should be noted that at this time there is not enough scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of policosanol for this use.
Even though it is a "natural" product, policosanol can still cause side effects, including:
Before starting treatment with this supplement, tell your healthcare provider if you have a bleeding disorder, any allergies, or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
(To learn more about this supplement, including what to do in cases of overdose, click Policosanol.)