BETAINE HYDROCHLORIDE

BETAINE HYDROCHLORIDE
Betaine hydrochloride is a dietary supplement that contains a form of betaine, which helps increase stomach acid levels for improved digestion and nutrient absorption.
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Uses & Effectiveness

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Overview

Betaine is found naturally in the body. Betaine hydrochloride is a man-made form of betaine previously used as a source of hydrochloric acid.

Betaine hydrochloride was previously available as an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine to increase stomach acid in people with low stomach acid. But the US FDA banned its use in OTC products due to a lack of information about whether it is safe and effective.

Betaine hydrochloride is used for many conditions, including diarrhea, increasing stomach acid, and others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any use.

Don't confuse betaine hydrochloride with betaine anhydrous.

Betaine hydrochloride is a naturally occurring compound found in beets. It is often used as a supplement to support digestive health by increasing stomach acid, aiding in nutrient absorption, and preventing certain gastrointestinal disorders such as acid reflux and indigestion.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth: Betaine hydrochloride is possibly safe when taken as a single dose. There isn't enough reliable information to know if betaine hydrochloride is safe when taken in multiple doses. It might cause heartburn.

Interactions

    Minor Interaction

    Be watchful with this combination

  • Antacids interacts with BETAINE HYDROCHLORIDE

    Antacids are used to decrease stomach acid. Betaine hydrochloride can increase stomach acid. Taking betaine hydrochloride might decrease the effects of antacids.

  • Medications that decrease stomach acid (H2-blockers) interacts with BETAINE HYDROCHLORIDE

    H2-blockers are used to decrease stomach acid. Betaine hydrochloride can increase stomach acid. Taking betaine hydrochloride might decrease the effects of H2-blockers.

    Some common H2-blockers include cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), and famotidine (Pepcid).

  • Medications that decrease stomach acid (Proton pump inhibitors) interacts with BETAINE HYDROCHLORIDE

    Proton pump inhibitors are used to decrease stomach acid. Betaine hydrochloride can increase stomach acid. Taking betaine hydrochloride might decrease the effects of proton pump inhibitors.

    Some common proton pump inhibitors include omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), rabeprazole (Aciphex), pantoprazole (Protonix), and esomeprazole (Nexium).

Special Precautionsand Warnings

When taken by mouth: Betaine hydrochloride is possibly safe when taken as a single dose. There isn't enough reliable information to know if betaine hydrochloride is safe when taken in multiple doses. It might cause heartburn. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if betaine hydrochloride is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Peptic ulcer disease: Betaine hydrochloride can increase stomach acid. There is a concern that the hydrochloric acid produced from betaine hydrochloride might irritate stomach ulcers or keep them from healing.

Dosing

There isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of betaine hydrochloride might be. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult a healthcare professional before using.

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