There is little information available for determining the best taurine dosage for supplements. In studies using taurine for treating congestive heart failure, doses of 2 grams to 6 grams daily were used. A clinical study using taurine for treating hepatitis used a dosage of 4 grams three times daily for six weeks. The dose of taurine used for treating cystic fibrosis in children varied, depending on the weight of the child.
Taurine is an amino acid that is sometimes found in dietary supplements and energy drinks. It is important to note that unlike for medications (for which the standard doses have been well established), there is less information available for determining the best dose for supplements, including taurine.
Because taurine is not an essential amino acid (which means that it does not need to be obtained through the diet), there is no Recommended Dietary Allowance for it.
In studies of taurine for treating congestive heart failure (CHF), doses of 2 grams to 6 grams (2000 mg to 6000 mg) daily were used. These doses were split up into two or three smaller doses per day. For treating hepatitis, a taurine dosage of 4 grams three times daily for six weeks has been used in a clinical study.
For treating steatorrhea due to cystic fibrosis (in children), the dose used in studies varied, depending on the weight of the child.
Some considerations for people taking taurine include:
- Because the manufacturing of supplements (such as taurine) is not closely regulated, it is important to choose a trustworthy manufacturer for taurine supplements. Your pharmacist can help you choose an appropriate product.
- If you have any chronic health problems or take any prescription medications, it is probably a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before taking taurine.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or taurine dosing in general, please talk with your healthcare provider.