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Taurine

What is it?

Taurine is a dietary supplement used to treat people who are trying to stop drinking alcohol. It is also used to treat heart problems, like congestive heart failure. Taurine may be added to liquid food that is given to people through a needle in a vein (an "IV"). It may be helpful in the treatment of cystic (SIS-tik) fibrosis. Other uses for taurine include the treatment of high blood pressure, diabetes, and epilepsy (EP-i-lep-se) (convulsions). Taurine may improve eye health and vision (sight).

Other names for Taurine include: L-taurine.

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

Dosage:

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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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

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:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • Diarrhea (loose stools) (1)
  • Constipation (hard stools) (2)

References:

1. Sicuteri F, Fanciullacci M, Franchi G et al: Taurine as a therapeutic agent in vascular pain. Clin Med 1970; 77:21-32.

2. Darling PB, Lepage G, Leroy C et al: Effect of taurine supplements on fat absorption in cystic fibrosis. Pediatr Res 1985; 19(6):578-582.


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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