• Glutamine to help with chemo side effects (neuropathy)

    Asked by marie60 on Tuesday, January 8, 2013

    Glutamine to help with chemo side effects (neuropathy)

    I want to be proactive about the side effects I will probably encounter with taxol and carboplatin infusions for endometrial cancer. I've been reading about glutamine being effective for CIPN, but there are so many brands and types and dosages, and now I've confused myself silly! Anyone have suggestions?

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I have neuropathy pretty bad from Cisplatin. The only thing I have found that help's is gabapentin. The brand name is neurontin. I take 900 mg every morning and that seems to have done the trick. This has been a pretty hot topic on WhatNext. Below is a link to a couple of different discussions on this very subject. Hope you find something that works for you.



      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Unfortunately there are no legal standards for nutritional supplements so it doesn't really matter what brand you by, you are going to get whatever happens to be in their formulation regardless. Check with your oncologist before you start taking it. Some supplements interfere with the effectiveness of chemo,. He/she may also be able to help determine the best dosage. I wouldn't hang my hat on building up a regimen of supplements to combat side effects (especially potential one that you may not have anyway). All you will do is waste a lot of money and potentially interfere with your treatment.

      almost 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I would ask your oncologist what he/she recommends. Mine recommended specific daily doses of Alpha Lipoic Acid and B1/B6 vitamins. I think it did help some with my CIPN from Taxol. Don't take anything without clearing it with your oncologist.

      almost 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      In addition to the Neurontin, I am also taking Glutamine, B complex and a multivitamin. I checked all of these out w/my oncologist before beginning any of them. I'm also taking a dr approved iron supplement as I was anemic from 2 surgeries when I started chemo. As has been said, just make sure you run any supplements or other meds by your oncologist before taking them. Good luck!

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm (Best Answer!)

      Marie60, If you are interested in supplimentals, you should ask your oncologist to recommend a naturopathic doctor to work with you and your oncologist to complement the treatments you are getting. Best of luck to you, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago

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