Cranberry Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait

Cranberry Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait Brand Names

AZO Cranberry | Ellura | TheraCran | TheraCran HP | TheraCran HP for Kids | TheraCran One

What is Cranberry Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait

The American cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait. is commonly marketed in the US as a sweetened and diluted beverage known as cranberry juice cocktail. The applicable part of the cranberry plant for medical use is the fruit.

Rich in vitamin C, cranberry fruit was used by colony settlers to prevent and treat scurvy and as a poultice to promote the healing of skin wounds. Cranberries have long been used as a home remedy for the treatment or prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Several products, containing cranberry extracts, are commercially available as dietary supplements. Some trials have reported that cranberry juice consumption may decrease the number of symptomatic UTIs, particularly for women with recurrent UTIs.

The data for the use of cranberry juice in other populations is not extensive. Other preparations (such as extract powders) need to be quantified to ensure potency and purity of the ‘active’ ingredient, before being recommended for use.

Rigorous systematic reviews have stated that the available evidence does not support the routine use of cranberry products over antibiotics for the prevention of UTI.

Indications & Dosage

  • nutritional supplementation
  • urinary tract infection (UTI) prophylaxis

For nutritional supplementation† to maintain a healthy urinary tract for the purpose of urinary tract infection (UTI) prophylaxis

Side Effects

  1. diarrhea
  2. dysgeusia
  3. dyspepsia
  4. nausea
  5. nephrolithiasis
  6. rash
  7. vomiting

Monitoring Parameters

  • laboratory monitoring not necessary


  • breast-feeding
  • children
  • diabetes mellitus
  • infants
  • neonates
  • nephrolithiasis
  • pregnancy
  • salicylate hypersensitivity


  • Amprenavir
  • Bleomycin
  • Castor Oil
  • Cholestyramine
  • Colesevelam
  • Colestipol
  • Doxycycline
  • Erythromycin
  • Erythromycin; Sulfisoxazole
  • Ethanol
  • Fluphenazine
  • Kanamycin
  • Lincomycin
  • Mineral Oil
  • Orlistat
  • Selumetinib
  • Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid
  • Streptomycin
  • Tipranavir
  • Warfarin

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