Ornithine

18/Description

About

Ornithine is a chemical called an amino acid. It is made in the body. It can also be made in a laboratory. People use it as a medicine.

Ornithine is used for improving athletic performance, reducing glutamine poisoning in the treatment of a brain condition due to liver disease (hepatic encephalopathy), and for wound healing.

Don't confuse ornithine with ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate (OKG).

How it works

It's not known how ornithine might work for medical uses.

Effectiveness

Possibly Effective
Brain complications caused by liver disease (hepatic encephalopathy)

Most research suggests that infusing L-ornithine-L-aspartate intravenously (by IV) or taking L-ornithine-L-aspartate by mouth improves ammonia levels and disease status in people with hepatic encephalopathy.

Concerns

There isn't enough reliable information about the safety of ornithine.

18/Warnings

Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking ornithine if you arepregnantorbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Dosing considerations for Ornithine.

Interactions

No information available.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.