L-Taurine

L-Taurine, otherwise known as taurine, is a conditional amino acid. There are many conditions that use taurine for treatment, including congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, hepatitis, high cholesterol, and cystic fibrosis.

 

Dosage Strength

  • The recommended dosage of taurine is usually less than 3,000 mg per day. Different conditions require different dosages. Therefore, it is important to follow your physician’s instructions when taking this medication.

 

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General Information

L-Taurine, otherwise known as taurine, is a conditional amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. There are two kinds of amino acids: essential and conditional. Unlike essential amino acids, conditional amino acids are made within the body. Taurine is found within the brain, retina of the eyes, heart, and platelets. Taurine is also found in food sources, such as meat and fish. It is often added to energy drinks as well. Most people create enough taurine in their bodies or get enough out of their diet. However, some require supplementation. There are many conditions that use taurine for treatment, including congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, hepatitis, high cholesterol, and cystic fibrosis. In those with congestive heart failure, some evidence has shown that taurine helps to lower blood pressure and calm the sympathetic nervous system which responds to stress. Taurine is also used as an antioxidant to prevent against side effects of chemotherapy. 

 

Indications

Taurine is indicated in those with congestive heart failure (CHF), liver disease (hepatitis), retinal disorder, chemotherapy side effects, cirrhosis, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, fatigue, high blood pressure, mental performance, exercise performance, insomnia, psychosis, and anemia.

 

Side Effects

When taken in reasonable doses, taurine causes no side effects.

 

Dosage

This medication is contraindicated in those with a hypersensitivity to taurine. Those who are pregnant or lactating should use caution or avoid taking taurine altogether.

 

Contraindications

The recommended dosage of taurine is usually less than 3,000 mg per day. Different conditions require different dosages. Therefore, it is important to follow your physician’s instructions when taking this medication.

 

Interactions

There are several medications that may interact with taurine. Please be aware of the following:

  • – Lithium: Because taurine may have a diuretic effect, it may decrease how well lithium is excreted. This can leave serious side effects as lithium levels may be increased in the body. 
  • – Antiplatelets: Therapy modification should be considered due to chance of increased adverse effects of antiplatelet medication. Bleeding may occur.
  • – Anticoagulants: Therapy modification should be considered due to chance of increased adverse effects of anticoagulant medication. Bleeding may occur. 
  • – NSAIDs: Therapy modification should be considered due to chance of increased adverse effects of NSAIDs. Bleeding may occur.
  • – Salicylates: Therapy modification should be considered due to chance of increased adverse effects of salicylates. Bleeding may occur.
  • – Thrombolytic agents: Therapy modification should be considered due to chance of increased adverse effects of thrombolytics. Bleeding may occur.