Glutamine Side Effects
Some side effects of glutamine may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
For the Consumer
Applies to glutamine: oral capsule, oral packet, oral powder, oral powder for solution, oral powder for suspension, oral tablet
Along with its needed effects, glutamine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking glutamine:Less common
- Blood in urine
- changes in skin color
- cold hands and feet
- difficulty swallowing
- fast heartbeat
- frequent and painful urination
- lower back or side pain
- pain, redness, or swelling in arm or leg
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips or tongue
- rapid, shallow breathing
- shortness of breath
- skin rash
- stomach pain
- sudden decrease in amount of urine
- tightness in chest
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Some side effects of glutamine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:More common
- Cough or hoarseness
- frequent urge to defecate
- straining while passing stool
- Abnormal or decreased touch sensation
- back pain
- bacterial infection
- bleeding after defecation
- bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at site
- bloated full feeling
- body aches or pain
- breast pain, female
- chest pain
- change in the color, amount, or odor of vaginal discharge
- Crohn's disease, aggravated
- dark urine
- decreased urination
- difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
- difficulty in moving
- discoloration of fingernails or toenails
- dry mouth
- dryness or soreness of throat
- ear or hearing symptoms
- excess air or gas in stomach or intestines
- feeling sad or empty
- feeling unusually cold shivering
- full or bloated feeling
- general feeling of discomfort or illness
- increase in heart rate
- joint pain;
- lack of appetite
- light-colored stools
- loss of appetite
- loss of interest or pleasure
- muscle aches and pains
- muscle pain or stiffness
- pain in joints
- pain or burning while urinating
- pains in stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
- passing gas
- pressure in the stomach
- rectal bleeding
- runny nose
- sore throat
- stomach bloating, burning, cramping, or pain
- stuffy nose
- sunken eyes
- swelling of abdominal or stomach area
- swelling of face
- swelling of hands, ankles, feet, or lower legs
- swollen joints
- tender, swollen glands in neck;
- trouble concentrating
- trouble sleeping
- trouble in swallowing
- unable to sleep
- uncomfortable swelling around anus
- unpleasant breath odor
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- voice changes
- vomiting of blood
- weight loss
- wrinkled skin
- yellow eyes or skin
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to glutamine: compounding powder, oral capsule, oral powder for reconstitution, oral tablet
Cardiovascular side effects have included chest pain (19%) and vascular disorder (11%).
Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea (13% to 31%), vomiting (11% to 19%), abdominal pain (11% to 25%), tenesmus (6% to 33%), flatulence (22% to 25%), hemorrhoids (6% to 11%), dry mouth (6% to 11%), pancreatitis (6% to 11%), constipation (11%), aggravated Crohn's disease (11%), gastric ulcer (11%), and gastrointestinal fistula (11%).
Musculoskeletal side effects have included back pain (6% to 11%), arthralgia (31% to 44%), and myalgia (11% to 13%).
Respiratory side effects have included rhinitis (7% to 19%), laryngitis (11%), and pharyngitis (11%).
Psychiatric side effects have included depression (11% to 22%).
Other side effects have included peripheral edema (11% to 81%), facial edema (44% to 50%), generalized edema (13%), enlarged abdomen (11%), pain (6% to 19%), vascular disorder (11%), female breast pain (6% to 11%), vaginal fungal infection (11%), increased sweating (13%) and ear or hearing symptoms (13%).
Immunologic side effects have included fever (6% to 22%), chills (11%), malaise (13%), flu-like disorder (6% to 11%), viral or bacterial infection (6% to 19%), sepsis (6% to 20%), and moniliasis (13%).
Metabolic side effects have included dehydration (11% to 19%), and thirst (11%).
Dermatologic side effects have included rash (7% to 11%) and skin and appendage disorders (11% to 13%).
Local side effects have included injection site pain and/or injection site reaction (11% to 31%).
Central nervous system side effects have included dizziness (6% to 13%), hypoesthesia (6% to 11%), insomnia (11%) and headache (6% to 11%).
Genitourinary side effects have included pyelonephritis (11%) and renal calculus (11%).
Hepatic side effects have included abnormal hepatic function (11%).
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