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Hydrochloric acid

What is it?

Hydrochloric acid is the same acid that is used in the stomach to help digest food. It is used as a supplement for low stomach acid that is said to impact a variety of diseases. A list of these diseases include: acne rosacea, anemia, bronchial asthma, depression, dermatitis herpetiformis, diabetes mellitus, eczema, gall bladder disease, infection, low iron, irritable bowel syndrome, lupus, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, periodontal (gum) disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, seborrheic dermatitis, urticaria, and vitiligo.

Other names for Hydrochloric acid include: HCL and Betaine Hydrochloride.

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


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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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

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.


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Last Updated: 9/15/2016

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