What should I know before receiving essential amino acid injections?

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The application and amount of essential amino acid you require depends on your condition and individual needs. An amino acid injection should only be administered by a doctor or medical professional in a hospital or clinic.

Because essential amino acid injections are generally necessary when the body cannot tolerate regular potassium, phosphorous and magnesium levels, long-term use may cause a deficiency of those minerals. This can cause complications in people with arrhythmias or digitalis toxicity. Electrolyte levels must be monitored when these injections are being administered. Supplemental vitamins also may be necessary for proper nutritional health.

Amino acid injections may affect blood sugar levels, which must be monitored. Essential amino acid injections also can cause overly high levels of amino acids in the body, so these levels must be monitored as well. You should not receive amino acid injections if you are sensitive to aluminum or sulfites, and be cautious when receiving these injections if you have asthma or diabetes. Talk to your doctor about amino acid injections if you are pregnant, may become pregnant or are breastfeeding, as essential amino acid injections may be dangerous for unborn or nursing babies.

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