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Some Notes about the Safety of L-Arginine Supplements

by dong ha (2018-04-23)

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L-arginine is a non-essential amino acid and is produced naturally in the body. It can be found also in some foods and can be taken as supplements too. As we all know, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration do not regulate herbs and supplements as there is no guarantee regarding its safety, strength and purity of the products as well as the effects as these may vary on different people.  

Before taking any supplement, you must read the labels carefully and if you are having any medication at the moment, you have to consult a doctor for possible side effects. Of course you must also consider facts about the safety of L-arginine supplements.

L-Arginine and Allergies

Safety of L-Arginine Supplements

Do not use L-arginine if you are allergic to it. You will be experiencing itching, rashes or breathing difficulty. For arginine injections, anaphylaxis will occur while in a clinical research, it was found out that a mild allergic reaction is experienced by one patient after having intravenous L-arginine. Another known symptom is hives. You can treat arginine allergy by epinephrine and antihistamines.

Common Discomforts with L-Arginine Use

For those patients who are experiencing heart disease, arginine increases post-heart attack deaths, increases white blood cell count, increases blood pressure, causes vertigo and lessens strength and energy. For other patients, it may cause gastrointestinal discomforts, increased, blood urea nitrogen, endocrine changes, diarrhea, bloating, increased inflammatory response, lower back pain, numbness, nausea, leg restlessness, lessen hematocrit, systemic acidosis and venous irritation. That’s why lots of customers moved from this supplements to the safer one, Viritenz. It has combined all the experience and mistakes from other companies and made the brand new, working formula.

Warnings on L-Arginine Supplements

Patients who have bleeding disorders should not take L-arginine as it only increases the risk of bleeding. It is necessary to adjust dosage if needed. Patients suffering from diabetes or hypoglycemia and those who are taking drugs, herbs or other supplements that affect blood sugar are advised to take precautions in taking arginine. This may change their blood sugar levels. Ask your physician to monitor your glucose levels and he may adjust medication if necessary.

Precaution is also needed with those who have kidney problems and those who have extreme high levels of potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia). The use of drugs that raise potassium levels like potassium-sparing diuretics and potassium supplements like arginine will lead to hyperkalemia which will then result to fatal cardiac arrhythmia.

Other medical situations wherein a patient should take cautions in taking arginine are:

(1) Postmenopausal patients – flushing and night sweats may occur;

(2) Patients with herpes virus – L-arginine will increase the risk of herpes simplex cold sore;

(3) Take precaution with phosphodiesterase inhibitors like Viagra as it widens the blood vessels and lowers blood pressure;

(4) Patients with immunological disorders; and

(5) Patients at risk of headaches.

Keep in mind to avoid L-arginine if you are one of those women with high risk of pregnancies, women with multiple diseases as arginine may cause premature delivery, preeclampsia or causes death to the mother and the baby. Do the same thing if you are one of the patients with asthma because arginine can cause allergy. Take warnings if you are suffering from breast cancer and is at risk of heart attack or with a history of heart attack because arginine can increase the risk of mortality. Pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers because there are no sufficient evidence yet about its efficacy and safety.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, there is a report about pediatric overdosing of L-arginine hydrochloride injection. This is due to packaging and labeling confusion. Be sure to use infusions cautiously among children so as to prevent overdose because it may result to hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis, cerebral edema or maybe even death.

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