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Betaine

What is it?

Betaine is a vitamin-like supplement that is used to prevent heart disease. It may also be used to improve liver function.

Other names for Betaine include: Trimethylglycine Hydrochloride, TMG and Betaine anhydrous.

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

Dosage:

Talk with your caregiver about how much Betaine you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Betaine. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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.

Warnings:

  • Before taking Betaine, 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.

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hand, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing, or rash.

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.

References:

1. Lavalle JB, Krinsky DL, Hawkins EB et al. In: Ashbrook WN: Natural Therapeutics Pocket Guide 2000-2001. LexiComp and Natural Health Resources Inc, Hudson, OH; 2000.

2. Bratman S & Kroll D (eds): Natural Health Bible. Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA; 1999.


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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