Is Taurine Effective?Taurine supplementation may be useful for treating congestive heart failure (CHF) and hepatitis, but it is not known if it is effective for most other uses.
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Dosing InformationThere are no clear guidelines for a safe and effective dose for most uses. Because taurine is not an essential amino acid, there is no Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for it. Make sure to follow the specific instructions on your particular product.
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Side EffectsIn general, taurine seems to be tolerated well by most people. Studies do not suggest that this amino acid causes significant side effects, especially when taken at reasonable doses.
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Drug InteractionsTaurine can interact with a few medications (see Taurine Drug Interactions).
Is Taurine Safe?Some people may be more likely to experience problems when taking it. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking this amino acid if you:
- Have bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression)
- Have any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Taurine and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Taurine and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
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