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Glutamine (Supplement)

Last updated on July 30, 2019.

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COMMON BRANDS FOR GLUTAMINE IN HONG KONG: BodyAttack, Cellulor, Dipeptiven, GNC, Glutamine Plus 修補營養粉, Jarrow

What is Glutamine for?

Glutamine is a naturally occurring amino acid. Glutamine is a the key molecule that helps regulate the growth of gastrointestinal (stomach and intestinal) cells, energy production as well as preventing red blood cells from oxidative stress. Glutamine appears as L-glutamine in supplements which is commonly taken to enhance muscle strength and recovery after exercise. In hospitals, Glutamine is also supplied in nutrition in the form of L-alanyl-L-glutamine (Dipeptiven). Glutamine may be prescribed to patients who have short bowel syndrome, sickle cell disease, or who have inflammation or trauma.

How to use it?

If you are taking Glutamine as a supplement, the usual adult dose is 10 g three times daily. For specific dosages, refer to the product label. If you are receiving parenteral Glutamine, the dosage is calculated based on different factors including your metabolic rate, age and gender.

What are the side effects of Glutamine?

There are no reports on side effects of taking Glutamine supplement.

What are other sources of Glutamine?

Most people should obtain adequate amounts of Glutamine from a healthy diet. Glutamine is present in many foods including red meat, poultry, eggs, fish, beans and vegetables.

Where to buy Glutamine in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Glutamine supplements can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. For parenteral Glutamine, it is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

For detailed information about the use of Glutamine in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.