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Betaine Hydrochloride

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jan 14, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • Betain
  • Betain HCL
  • Betaine Chlorhydrate
  • Betaine Hydrochloric Acid
  • Glycine Betaine
  • Lycine
  • TMG
  • Trimethyl Glycine
  • Trimethylglycine
  • Trimethylglycine Hydrochloride

What is this product used for?

Betaine hydrochloride (HCl) may help to raise the level of acid in the stomach. It may also help with some bowel problems. There is also a prescription drug, Betaine. It is not the same as this natural product. Take extra care so you do not mix them up as they are used for different illnesses.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with other drugs or natural products.

  • Avoid beer, wine, and mixed drinks (alcohol) while taking this product.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to help with swelling or inflammation. These are drugs like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Naprosyn).

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Stomach ulcers

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Change in the color of your stools

  • Heartburn

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad belly pain

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Throwing up blood

  • Blood in your stools or dark, tarry colored stools

Last Reviewed Date

2016-12-14

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