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 powder for reconstitution, oral tablet
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking glutamine: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
hearing problems; or
signs of infection such as fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms, mouth sores, unusual weakness.
Less serious side effects of glutamine may include:
nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, gas;
dry mouth, runny nose;
swelling in your hands or feet;
muscle or joint pain, back pain;
headache, dizziness, tired feeling;
mild skin rash or itching; or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
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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