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betaine

Generic Name: betaine (BET aine)Brand Names: Cystadane

What is betaine?

Betaine is a nutrient that is important for functioning of the heart and blood vessels. Betaine works in the body by preventing the build-up of an amino acid called homocysteine. This amino acid can harm blood vessels and contribute to heart disease, stroke, or circulation problems.

Betaine is a byproduct of sugar beet processing.

Betaine is used to reduce homocysteine levels in people with a genetic condition called homocystinuria, in which the amino acid builds up in the body. Betaine is not a cure for homocysteinuria.

Betaine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about betaine?

Before taking betaine, tell your doctor about any allergies or medical conditions you have. You may not be able to take betaine, or you may need a dose adjustment or special tests during treatment.

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

There may be other drugs that can interact with betaine. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Get emergency medical help if you think you have used too much medicine, or if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effects.

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking betaine?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to betaine.

Before taking betaine, tell your doctor about any allergies or medical conditions you have. You may not be able to take betaine, or you may need a dose adjustment or special tests during treatment.

Do not take betaine without telling your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether betaine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give betaine to a child without the advice of a doctor.

How should I take betaine?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Betaine powder must be mixed with water just before you take it. Stir the mixture thoroughly and drink it right away. Do not save the mixture for later use.

Measure the powder using the dose-measuring scoop provided with your medication, not with a regular table spoon.

Do not drink the liquid if it is colored and not clear after mixing. Call your doctor for a new prescription.

Betaine is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include other vitamin and mineral supplements and a special diet. Follow your diet and medication routines very closely.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood will need to be tested often. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Store betaine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Symptoms of a betaine overdose are not known.

What should I avoid while taking betaine?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using betaine.

Betaine side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect betaine?

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with betaine. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about betaine.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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  • betaine Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Betaine Powder MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Cystadane Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Cystadane Detailed Consumer Information (PDR)

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