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Glutathione (Supplement)

Last updated on 22/03/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Glutathione

CHINESE NAME: 穀胱甘肽

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Glu-Tathion 新考麗恩, PROfertil 富精多 (contains Vitamin E, Zinc, Folic Acid, Selenium, Coenzyme Q10)

DRUG CLASS: Antioxidant

USED FOR: Prevention of neurotoxicity associated with certain chemotherapy, lung disorders 

OTHER DRUGS IN THE SAME CLASS: Beta-carotene, Selenium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E

What is Glutathione for?

Glutathione is an antioxidant produced naturally in our liver. It helps the signaling and transcription processes in our bodies. It is believed that glutathione can help enhance athletic performance, lighten skin colour and reduce the side effects from certain chemotherapy drugs. Due to its antioxidant effect, it has been suggested that Glutathione can help liver detoxification. However, there is only limited scientific evidence to support the clinical effects of Glutathione.

How to use it?

There are different brands and strengths of Glutathione available in Hong Kong. Usual adult dosages for Glutathione range from 500-3000 mg per day.  For specific dosages, refer to the product label.

What are the side effects of Glutathione?

There are no reports on the side effects of Glutathione.

Who should not take Glutathione?

People with asthma should avoid inhaled Glutathione as it may trigger asthma attacks.

Pharmacist Tips:

Most people should obtain adequate amounts of Glutathione from a healthy diet. Glutathione is present in many foods including garlic, avocados, fruits and vegetables.

Common dosing schedule:
Take Glutathione as per product instructions. 

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Glutathione may interact with:
Glutathione has no known significant interactions with other medications.

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

What are the other sources of Glutathione?

Most people should obtain adequate amounts of Glutathione from a healthy diet. Glutathione is present in many foods including garlic, avocados, fruits and vegetables.

Where to buy Glutathione in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Glutathione supplements can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. 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 https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk/

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Glutathione 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.