How to Avoid Arginine Side Effects

November 12, 2012

How to Avoid Arginine Side Effects

Using arginine should not be considered without first speaking to your general practitioner, and if you suffer from chronic pulmonary disease or asthma you will be advised not to take it. This is because there are some reports stating asthma can be exacerbated by taking arginine. If you have diabetes it is not advisable to take arginine because one of its side effects is to raise the blood sugar levels.

Arginine side effects may include circulatory problems, low blood pressure and if you suffer from sickle cell the symptoms may deteriorate. Arginine dilates the blood vessels therefore an increased risk of bleeding excessively is possible, which in turn means it should not be taken by hemophiliacs or people taking blood thinning medication. If you have had a heart attack arginine should not be taken. Gingko biloba is a herb supplement which raises the chance of bleeding and because of this using arginine in tandem would not be recommended.

The use of arginine can also affect the body’s levels of potassium and dehydration and it can also cause discomfort in the digestive system, along with stomach cramps and nausea. Arginine can affect the liver and kidney as this medication influences how the body deals with waste.

If you have suffered from any allergic reaction then ensure that you have an allergy test prior to taking it as one of the most serious arginine side effects is anaphylaxis. If you suffer from this very serious condition, and you know about it, you should always have with you a syringe with ephedrine to administer in an emergency. An anaphylactic reaction may cause shortness of breath, sweating, tremors, chills, diarrhea and vomiting and if not treated straight away can cause death.

Be careful if purchasing herbal supplements of arginine as these are not regulated in the same way as prescription medication by the FDA, therefore arginine side effects may occur.

There is a condition called hyperagininemia whereby the body is making too much arginine, and there is a chance of side effects especially if you suffer from heart disease or have a risk to heart disease. Prior to taking any other medication talk with your doctor about the effects of having too much arginine and any arginine side effects.

Arginine has been linked to increasing growth hormones but there is no conclusive evidence to support this. It has got the approval from the FDA to be used in testing for particular disorders affecting human growth, and arginine is administered by an injection into the body. This helps to trace levels of the growth hormones and although estrogen may increase the activity it seems that progesterone may repress them, it is still not clear. There are indications that arginine may be used to help growth in the womb but there has not been enough studies carried out to prove this convincingly. Perhaps in time women who are pregnant will use arginine supplements to help with the fetus growth which would benefit women who suffer from preeclampsia. A baby born underweight is at serious risk of having health problems and this issue can be linked to various health issues. Although arginine may be considered to help in growth, it may be used to assist the body to maintain muscle mass. This could be beneficial to people suffering from chronic wasting diseases, e.g. HIV/AIDS. Losing body weight can cause the development of many other health problems and because of this a patient’s quality of life may be increased by use of arginine, depending on the arginine side effects.


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