betaine - oral, Cystadane
GENERIC NAME: BETAINE - ORAL (BEE-ta-een)
BRAND NAME(S): Cystadane
USES: This medication is used to treat high levels of a certain important body chemical (homocysteine) due to an inherited disorder (homocystinuria). Decreasing high homocysteine levels may help prevent serious blood clots, abnormal bone formation, brittle bones (osteoporosis), and eye problems (e.g., dislocated eye lens, nearsightedness). This medication works by decreasing blood levels of homocysteine. It does not correct the inherited disorder that causes the disease.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth, usually twice daily or as directed by your doctor. Shake the bottle lightly before each use. Using the scoop provided, measure out the number of scoops prescribed by your doctor. Mix the powder with 4 to 6 ounces (120 to 180 milliliters) of water, juice, milk, or formula until dissolved, and drink immediately. The powder may also be mixed with food instead of liquid and taken immediately. Replace cap tightly after use.Dosage is based on your age, weight, medical condition, and response to therapy. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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