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L-glutamine (By mouth)

Glutamine (GLOO-ta-meen)

Treats short bowel syndrome and sickle cell disease. This medicine is an amino acid.

Brand Name(s):

Enterex Glutapak-10, NutreStore

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to glutamine or glutamic acid.

How to Use This Medicine:

Powder, Packet

  • Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
  • For short bowel syndrome: Mix a packet of this medicine with water just before using it. Take it with a meal or snack every 2 to 3 hours while you are awake. Be sure to drink all of the mixture. Do not use this medicine during the night unless your doctor tells you to.
  • For sickle cell disease: Mix the oral powder with 4 to 6 ounces (oz) of food (including applesauce or yogurt) or with 8 oz of cold or room temperature beverage (including water, milk, or apple juice) as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Be sure to drink or swallow all of the mixture. Complete dissolution of the mixture is not required.
  • Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease or kidney disease.
  • Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches
  • Swelling in your face, hands, ankles, or feet

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Constipation, nausea, vomiting, passing gas, problems with your bowel movements, stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Joint, back, or chest pain

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 9/4/2017
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