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Generic Name: s-adenosylmethionine (Pronunciation: s ad in O si l met hi o nine)

What is s-adenosylmethionine ()?

S-adenosylmethionine is a naturally occurring chemical in the body.

S-adenosylmethionine has been used for depression, osteoarthritis, joint health and liver problems.

S-adenosylmethionine has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of s-adenosylmethionine may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

S-adenosylmethionine may also have uses other than those listed in this medication guide.

The use of s-adenosylmethionine in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal/health supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

What are the possible side effects of s-adenosylmethionine ()?

Stop taking s-adenosylmethionine and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.

Other less serious side effects of s-adenosylmethionine may include stomach ache, nausea, diarrhea, gas, anxiety, spasms and insomnia. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional if you experience any side effects from s-adenosylmethionine.

What is the most important information I should know about s-adenosylmethionine ()?

S-adenosylmethionine has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of s-adenosylmethionine may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Talk to your doctor before taking s-adenosylmethionine if you are taking anti-depressant medications. Do not stop or adjust your dose of anti-depressant medication without first talking to your doctor.



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