Health Guide


What is it?

Glycine is a non-essential amino acid that can be taken as a supplement. It may be used to treat stomach ulcers, schizophrenia, anxiety (nervousness), insomnia (trouble sleeping), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and gout. It may also decrease muscle spasms, symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and boost the immune system.

Other names for Glycine include: Aminoacetic Acid, Gly, Glycocoll, and Sucre de Gelatine.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease


Talk with your caregiver about how much Glycine you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Glycine. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.


  • Before taking Glycine, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

This medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.


1. Heresco-Levy U Javitt DC Ermilov M et al: Double Blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial of glycine adjuvant therapy for treatment-resistant schizophrenia. Br J Psychiatry 1996; 169(5): 610-617.

2. Osol A & Farrar GE: The Dispensatory of the United States of America, 5th ed. JB Lippincott, Philadelphia, PA; 1955.

Last Updated: 7/4/2018
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