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Taurine

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 24, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • 2-Aminoethane Sulfonic Acid
  • 2-Aminoethanesulfonic Acid
  • 2-Aminoethylsulfonic Acid
  • Acid Aminoethanesulfonate
  • Acide Aminoéthylsulfonique
  • Acide Kétoisocaproïque de Taurine
  • Aminoethanesulfonate
  • Aminoéthylsulfonique
  • Bos Taurus
  • L-Taurine
  • Tau
  • Taurina
  • Taurine Ethyl Ester
  • Taurine Ketoisocaproic Acid
  • Éthyl Ester de Taurine

What is this product used for?

Taurine is used by some people to help with seizures and some forms of autism. Some people believe it helps the heart and liver work better when you have congestive heart failure or hepatitis. It may help lower blood pressure or cholesterol. Others use it to protect the eyes from damage. Taurine may help keep blood sugar lower and increase mental performance.

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 drugs or other natural products.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have mental problems like bipolar disorder.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Do not use this product if you are breastfeeding.

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Passing urine more often

When do I need to call the doctor?

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

  • Signs of low blood pressure. These include feeling dizzy, weak, or tired; fainting; more thirst; or skin that is pale, cool, and clammy.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Very bad headache

Last Reviewed Date

2017-09-25

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