Laetrile/Amygdalin (PDQ®)–Patient Version
- Questions and Answers About Laetrile/Amygdalin
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- Laetrile is another name for a natural product called amygdalin. Amygdalin is a chemical ingredient found in the pits of many fruits, raw nuts, and plants (see Question 1).
- Hydrogen cyanide is thought to be the main anticancer compoundformed from laetrile when broken down in the body (see Question 1).
- Laetrile is given by mouth as a pill or by intravenous injection (see Question 4).
- Laetrile has shown little anticancer effect in laboratory studies, animal studies, or human studies (see Question 5 and Question 6).
- The side effects of laetrile are like the symptoms of cyanide poisoning (see Question 7).
- Laetrile is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) (see Question 8).
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