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glutamine (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking glutamine (GlutaSolve, NutreStore, SYMPT-X G.I., SYMPT-X Glutamine)?

Before you take glutamine, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease. You may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether glutamine is harmful to an unborn baby. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether glutamine 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 glutamine (GlutaSolve, NutreStore, SYMPT-X G.I., SYMPT-X Glutamine)?

Use this medication as directed on the label, or as your doctor has prescribed. Do not use the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

When treating short bowel syndrome, you may need to take glutamine 6 times per day for up to 16 weeks.

The number of times per day you take glutamine depends on the reason you are using it. Always follow your doctor's instructions.

Take glutamine oral powder with a meal or snack unless directed otherwise.

Take glutamine tablets on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

Dissolve your dose of glutamine oral powder in at least 8 ounces of hot or cold liquid. You may also mix the powder with a soft food such as pudding, applesauce, or yogurt. Stir this mixture and use all of it right away.

Do not pour dry glutamine powder directly into a tube feeding formula. Always mix the powder with water and infuse it directly into the feeding tube using a syringe.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your kidney and liver function may need to be checked with blood or urine tests on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Glutamine may be only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include a special diet, tube feedings, and IV fluids. It is very important to follow the diet and medication plan created for you by your doctor or nutrition counselor.

Store glutamine at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep each dose of the oral powder in its packet until you are ready to use the medication.

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