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Natural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using Lysine. These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.

Warning 1 - Anticoagulants: Large amounts of Lysine causes increased aminoglycoside toxicity. The combination of lysine and an aminoglycoside has produced substantially greater renal failure. When the two are combined, toxicity is additive. Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use.

Examples of animoglycosides include amikacin, gentamicin, kanamycin, netilmicin, neomycin streptomycin, and tobramycin.

Warning 2: Animal studies have shown that taking high doses of lysine can cause gallstones.

Used as a natural health remedy: Lysine is used internally for the following benefits:
  • Building and repairing bones
  • Building and repairing muscles
  • Fighting disease pathogens
  • Maintaining healthy skin
  • Purifying blood
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Prevent Osteoporosis
  • Reduces the effects of Osteoporosis
  • Reduces the number of herpes outbreaks
  • Reduces viral shedding of herpes
  • Reduces severity of herpes symptoms
  • Reduces healing time of herpes outbreaks

Side Effects of Lysine

The side effects of Lysine are rare but do include:
  1. Abdominal cramps
  2. Diarrhea
  3. Stomachache
Other side effects may also occur when using Lysine supplements. (See form below)

Lysine supplements are available over-the-counter.

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