💊 Chemical information

Stipites Laminariae; Styli Laminariae; Thallus Eckloniae; Thallus Laminariae.


In Chin.

💊 Profile

Laminaria is the dried stalks of the seaweeds Laminaria japonica, L. digitata, and possibly other species of Laminaria. The stalks swell in water to about 6 times their volume and have been used surgically to dilate cavities and to dilate the cervix in labour or abortion induction. An extract of various species of Laminaria has been used as a dietary supplement.

Adverse effects.

Anaphylaxis1-3 and toxic shock syndrome4have been reported after the insertion of laminaria for cervical dilatation.
1. Nguyen MT, Hoffman DR. Anaphylaxis to laminaria. J Allergy Clin Immunol 1995; 95: 138–9
2. Cole DS, Bruck LR. Anaphylaxis after laminaria insertion. Obstet Gynecol 2000; 95: 1025
3. Chanda M, et al. Hypersensitivity reactions following laminaria placement. Contraception 2000; 62: 105–6
4. Sutkin G, et al. Toxic shock syndrome after laminaria insertion. Obstet Gynecol 2001; 98: 959–61.

💊 Preparations

Proprietary Preparations

Rus.: Okovidit (Оковидит). Multi-ingredient: Fr.: Marinol; Spain: Fucusor†.
Published May 08, 2019.