What Is Taurine and How Does It Work?
Taurine is an herbal supplement that can be used in the treatment for congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cystic fibrosis, and to prevent the buildup of plaque in the arteries throughout the body.
Other uses and benefits include seizure disorders (epilepsy), autism, ADHD, continuous decline in vision (retinal degeneration), diabetes, alcoholism, improve mental performance and also as an antioxidant.
Taurine has shown to reduce blood pressure in human clinical studies.
In treatment for acute hepatitis, taurine may improve liver function.
In animal studies taurine lowered lipid levels, however the results are contradictory in human studies.
Taurine is available under the following different brand names: mega taurine.
Dosages of Taurine
Congestive Heart Failure
2-6 g/day dosed orally either twice daily or three times daily
4 g dosed orally three times daily x 6 weeks
Steatorrhea in Children with Cystic Fibrosis
30 mg/kg day x 4 months in addition to pancreatic enzyme supplementation
Indicated for treatment of Cystathionine Beta-Synthase Deficient Homocystinuria.
What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Taurine?
Side effects of taurine include:
There are no reported adverse effects when using Taurine.
This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.
What Other Drugs Interact with Taurine?
If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.
Taurine has mild interactions with at least 35 different drugs.
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.
What Are Warnings and Precautions for Taurine?
This medication contains taurine. Do not take mega taurine if you are allergic to taurine or any ingredients contained in this drug.
Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.
Do not use if you are hypersensitive to taurine.
Effects of Drug Abuse
There are no effects of drug abuse with the use of taurine.
There are no short-term effects from use of taurine.
There are no long-term effects from use of taurine.
Use caution if you are pregnant or lactating. Consult with your physician prior to use.
Monitor patients with congestive heart failure.
Pregnancy and Lactation
Avoid use of taurine if pregnant or lactating.
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