Related Terms

  • ACM, disaccharide.

Background

  • Anhydrous crystalline maltose has been used as a food stabilizer and a desiccant (chemical agent used to absorb moisture) for use in foods, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.
  • Anhydrous crystalline maltose has been studied in patients with Sjogren’s syndrome (inflammatory autoimmune disorder) for treatment of dry mouth.
  • Limited information is currently available about the effects of anhydrous crystalline maltose for the treatment of any indication in humans.

Evidence Table

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    These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.

    D – D


    C – C

*Key to grades:

Tradition

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    The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.

Dosing

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    The below doses are based on scientific research, publications, traditional use, or expert opinion. Many herbs and supplements have not been thoroughly tested, and safety and effectiveness may not be proven. Brands may be made differently, with variable ingredients, even within the same brand. The below doses may not apply to all products. You should read product labels, and discuss doses with a qualified healthcare provider before starting therapy.

  • Adults (over 18 years old)

    • There is no proven effective dose for anhydrous crystalline maltose. However, 200-milligram lozenges have been taken by mouth three times a day for up to 24 weeks for relief of dry mouth in Sjogren’s syndrome.
  • Children (under 18 years old)

    • There is no proven safe or effective dose for anhydrous crystalline maltose in children.

Safety

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    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of strength, purity or safety of products, and effects may vary. You should always read product labels. If you have a medical condition, or are taking other drugs, herbs, or supplements, you should speak with a qualified healthcare provider before starting a new therapy. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.

  • Allergies

    • Avoid in individuals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to anhydrous crystalline maltose.
  • Side Effects and Warnings

    • Anhydrous crystalline maltose appears safe, although there is a lack of available reports on adverse events. Avoid in patients with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to anhydrous crystalline maltose.
  • Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

    • Anhydrous crystalline maltose is not recommended in pregnant or breastfeeding women due to a lack of available scientific evidence.

Interactions

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    Most herbs and supplements have not been thoroughly tested for interactions with other herbs, supplements, drugs, or foods. The interactions listed below are based on reports in scientific publications, laboratory experiments, or traditional use. You should always read product labels. If you have a medical condition, or are taking other drugs, herbs, or supplements, you should speak with a qualified healthcare provider before starting a new therapy.

  • Interactions with Drugs

    • Insufficient available evidence.
  • Interactions with Herbs & Dietary Supplements

    • Insufficient available evidence.

Attribution

  • This information is based on a systematic review of scientific literature edited and peer-reviewed by contributors to the Natural Standard Research Collaboration ().

Bibliography

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    Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to . Selected references are listed below.

  • Fox PC, Cummins MJ, Cummins JM. A third study on the use of orally administered anhydrous crystalline maltose for relief of dry mouth in primary Sjogren’s syndrome. J Altern Complement Med 2002;8(5):651-659.
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  • Fox PC, Cummins MJ, Cummins JM. Use of orally administered anhydrous crystalline maltose for relief of dry mouth. J Altern Complement Med 2001;7(1):33-43.
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