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Thursday, 05 June 2008 17:59

We have read in a  number of places that seizures tend to deplete magnesium in the body.  On this basis we were looking for a magnesium supplement we could give in small quantities to counteract any longer term impact of the seizures.  Again we would need a powdered form rather than tablet/capsule.


After appointment with a naturopath, we were recommended a Metagenics supplement named Fibroplex.  We commenced giving a small amount to Beth twice daily, but discontinued it after a couple of weeks - there was nothing specific outstanding to us concerning a negative effect, but Jo uncomfortable with it.


A friend was looking at it a week or so later and noticed an ingredient in this supplement called Glutamine.  She also noted a warning about this and seizure related medications on another site and advised us.  Upon further investigation I found the following additional warnings on the web, and have taken this back to our naturopath for comment - we are still waiting on a response.


"Precautions: Even though glutamine is nontoxic, it is recommended that you consult a health practitioner before using high doses. Diabetics, cancer patients, patients with advanced liver disease, and those with neurological diseases including stroke and epilepsy should use glutamine only with the permission of their doctor. "


Interactions You Should Know About
If you are taking:

Antiseizure medications, including carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin), primidone (Mysoline), and valproic acid (Depakene): Use glutamine only under medical supervision.
Nelfinavir or other protease inhibitors for HIV, or cancer chemotherapy drugs: Use of glutamine may reduce intestinal side effects.


This only serves to warn us that we need to look into every supplement carefully and every ingredient for any potential interaction.  Jo's instinct was justified and we are no longer using this supplement. 


We are now considering whether to use another AIM product which is called "Cell Welness Restorer" which is a liquid you can simply rub on the skin or put in the bath; it has two main components - magnesium and DHEA.  We are obtaining further information on this at the present time. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2009 19:06