What is amino acid injection with electrolytes?

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An amino acid injection with electrolytes is a nutritional supplement that is prescribed to patients who are unable to eat solid food because of injury or illness.
Amino acids -– including leucine, arginine, and glycine – are needed to make the protein that maintains muscle mass. Electrolytes -- sodium, calcium, potassium, chlorine, and magnesium -- are vital for muscle movement, maintaining fluid levels in the body, and kidney function.

Amino acid injection, which is administered through an IV or catheter, is recommended for short-term use. Dosing will depend on daily caloric and protein requirements, metabolic rate, and response to treatment. 

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