Cystadane Dosage

Generic name: betaine
Dosage form: powder, for oral solution

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  • Usual dose in adult and pediatric patients is 6 grams per day, administered orally in divided doses of 3 grams two times a day.(2)
  • In children less than 3 years of age, may initiate dosing at 100 mg/kg/day, divided in twice daily doses, and then increased weekly by 50 mg/kg increments.(2)
  • Dose can be gradually increased until plasma total homocysteine is undetectable or present only in small amounts.(2)
  • Monitor patient response by plasma homocysteine levels.(2)
  • Prescribed amount of Cystadane should be measured with the measuring scoop provided and then dissolved in 4 to 6 ounces of water, juice, milk, or formula, or mixed with food for immediate ingestion.(2)



2.1 Dosage
The usual dosage in adult and pediatric patients is 6 grams per day administered orally in divided doses of 3 grams twice daily.  In pediatric patients less than 3 years of age, dosage may be started at 100 mg/kg/day divided in twice daily doses, and then increased weekly by 50 mg/kg increments. 
Therapy with Cystadane should be directed by physicians knowledgeable in the management of patients with homocystinuria.  Patient response to Cystadane can be monitored by homocysteine plasma levels.  Dosage in all patients can be gradually increased until plasma total homocysteine is undetectable or present only in small amounts.  Response (by homocysteine plasma levels) usually occurs within several days and steady state within a month.  Plasma methionine concentrations should be monitored in patients with CBS deficiency [See Warnings and Precautions (15.2)].

Dosages of up to 20 grams per day have been necessary to control homocysteine levels in some patients.  However, one pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic in vitro simulation study indicated minimal benefit from exceeding a twice-daily dosing schedule and a 150 mg/kg/day dosage for Cystadane.

2.2 Administration
The prescribed amount of Cystadane should be measured with the measuring scoop provided (one level 1.7 mL scoop is equal to 1 gram of betaine anhydrous powder) and then dissolved in 4 to 6 ounces (120 to 180 mL) of water, juice, milk, or formula, or mixed with food for immediate ingestion.

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