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L-glutamine (By mouth)

Glutamine (GLOO-ta-meen)

Treats a condition called short bowel syndrome. This medicine is an amino acid.

Brand Name(s):

Enterex Glutapak-10, NutreStore, Sympt-X G.I.

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to glutamine or glutamic acid.

How to Use This Medicine:

Powder, Packet

  • Take your medicine as directed.
  • You may need to take this medicine several times each day for up to 16 weeks.
  • The usual dose of this medicine is 1 packet mixed with water every 2 to 3 hours while you are awake. You will not need to use the medicine during the night unless your doctor tells you. Take the medicine with a meal or a snack.
  • Mix a packet of medicine with at least 8 ounces of water just before using it. Be sure to drink all of the mixture.

If a dose is missed:

  • 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.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

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:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease.

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, and body aches.
  • Swelling in your face, hands, ankles, or feet.

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

  • Joint pain.
  • Nausea, vomiting, intestinal gas.
  • Problems with your bowel movements.

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: 7/4/2014


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