Endari (Generic L-glutamine)
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Why is this medication prescribed?
L-glutamine is used to treat sickle cell anemia (an inherited blood disorder in which the red blood cells are abnormally shaped [shaped like a sickle] and cannot bring enough oxygen to all parts of the body]) in adults and children 5 years of age and older in order to lessen the frequency of painful episodes (crises). L-glutamine belongs to the group of drugs known as amino acids. It functions by assisting in preventing red blood cell deterioration.
How should this medicine be used?
L-glutamine is available as a powder that must be dissolved in a liquid or soft food before being swallowed twice daily. L-glutamine should be taken every day at roughly the same time. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Follow the L-glutamine directions exactly. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.
Just before taking the drug, you must mix the powder with 8 ounces (240 ml) of a liquid like water, milk, or apple juice, or with 4 to 6 ounces (120 to 180 ml) of a soft wet meal like applesauce or yogurt. The meal or beverage must be either cold or at room temperature. Before ingesting the mixture, the powder does not need to be entirely dissolved in the drink or food.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking L-glutamine,
- If you have any prescription allergies, alert your doctor and pharmacist right away.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use. Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
- Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking L-glutamine.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side effects from l-glutamine are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Abdomen ache
- Leg, foot, hand, arm, or back pain
Other negative effects of L-glutamine are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right away.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch or by phone at 1-800-332-1088 if you have a serious side event.
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it at room temperature, out of the bathroom, and away from strong sunshine, excessive heat, and dampness.
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilizing a medicine take-back program is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programs in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back program, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.