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What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking betaine (Cystadane)?
You should not use betaine if you are allergic to it.
To make sure you can safely take betaine, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether betaine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether betaine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take betaine (Cystadane)?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Betaine powder must be mixed with water, juice, milk, or food just before you take it. When giving the medication to a child, you may mix the powder with infant formula. Stir the mixture thoroughly and drink it right away. Do not save the mixture for later use.
Measure the powder using the dose-measuring scoop provided with your medication, not with a regular table spoon.
Do not drink the liquid if it is colored and not clear after mixing. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.
Betaine is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include other vitamin and mineral supplements and a special diet. Follow your diet and medication routines very closely.
Store betaine powder at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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