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Pumakitty
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Is this safe to take with Chemo. I have read many things interfer with Chemo and I just want to make sure.

Also, does anybody know if the throat care teas are safe to dring during chemo.

Thanks, again for for all the advice.

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stevenl
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Hi,

I have taken the powder all through treatment and it seems to help with the burning and I had no side effects. Unsure about the teas though. I drink green teas all the time.

Best,
Steve

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Pumakitty
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How often and how much did you use in a day. I know that is 1 teaspoon for 8 ounces of water, but how many glasses a day. Did you just use the one off and one for the whole day?

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Scambuster
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Hi Puma,

I found this site sells a good brand that I use (Made in the USA). Other sites would sell too I'm sure so check for the best price and shipping.http://www.integrativepsychiatry.net/glutamine_powder_vital_nutrients.html

Dosage is also noted on this site : 1-2 teaspoons in a glass of water 3-4 times a day.

Here is also a good site explaining the benefits and function of Glutamine powder >http://www.vitalnutrients.net/hq_handouts2.asp?VitaminName=Glutamine%20(Powder)

As it is a natural and essential Amino Acid, It should not affect treatment - however just check with your Doctors or even better a Naturopath as your Doctor would probably not know about it's use in healing. They will most likely only know it as a supplement for body builders. I was prescribed it by a leading Naturopath who knew I was in treatment.

Scam

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Pumakitty
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I think I will order some. My dad's mouth is really starting to burn now, I think it might also be coming from his first Chemo as much as from the rads.

He does not like the magic mouth wash. He says it makes him feel sick. He is using the spray that was recommended. I would just like to do all that I can to prevent some of worst sores.

Kathy

CajunEagle
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I agree with your Dad, that Magic Mouthwash is some nasty stuff. I had no problem swishing it around in my mouth, but there was no way I could swallow it. As I recall, it tasted horrible.....to me anyway. I just stuck with the baking soda and salt solution. I got chewed out quite a few times for not swallowing the MM, because swallowing it is the trick to help the mouth sores, But this ole boy just couldn't get it down.

Larry

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Now that I have a car and am driving, I finally made it to the health food store I wanted to go to. I checked for the L-Glutamine and they only had it in a pill. Which I could not swallow anyway. I was mot sure if it would disolve in water. Or how much I would take because I remember Scam saying something about sachets. Or packets, I guess. I will check out those links too.

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Scambuster
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Check above in this thread about buying online and also a good brand. You are best to get the loose powder (not sachets). Hope it help your mouth pain and overall healing.

Scam

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I've seen several people recommend L-Glutamine on this site. I did some research and then talked to my ONC and RAD doc's. Both recommended using it (why didn't they tell me that before??) and everything I read looks like anyone with throat cancer might consider it as a good option. Bought some yesterday. Hopefully works for me too.

PS - Steve. I saw your email about the two of us being on same timeline. Biopsy for me on 1/22/10. Tonsillectomy and dissection on 1/27/10. Rad/chemo ended 4/12/10. Sounds like you are doing well. Hope so! It seems like I'm turning the corner and getting a handle on all my issues. Good luck.

Greg

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I've seen several people recommend L-Glutamine on this site. I did some research and then talked to my ONC and RAD doc's. Both recommended using it (why didn't they tell me that before??) and everything I read looks like anyone with throat cancer might consider it as a good option. Bought some yesterday. Hopefully works for me too.

PS - Steve. I saw your email about the two of us being on same timeline. Biopsy for me on 1/22/10. Tonsillectomy and dissection on 1/27/10. Rad/chemo ended 4/12/10. Sounds like you are doing well. Hope so! It seems like I'm turning the corner and getting a handle on all my issues. Good luck.

Greg

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Hey Greg,

Yea I finished treatment 4-9-10, and am doing real well. Hang in there you will make around that corner.

Best,
Steve

kcinpdx
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Glutamine was recommended by my Oncologist to offset chemo and radiation effects to help rebuild my gastrointestinal tract, immune system and regain muscle weight I lost. I bought pharacetical grade 1000 mg (1 gram) tabs and would dissolve one a day in water and drink it. I did experience positive benefits with no side effects.

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Hi all
I am 10 months out of treatment, is glutamine good for me now??? or is it to be used during rads and chemo? I'm looking for saliva growth in any way possible if you all have ideas. I take Evoxac right now and it is supposed to help, but seems to little.

Greg, thanks for the update. I finished April 1st (Fools Day) and got a clean PET scan in January. Glad to hear you are tracking on the same page as me. I feel wonderful, just can't eat anything starchy, i.e. bread, pasta, etc. It balls up in my mouth and I have to push it down with water/milk. Keep me posted on your progress and I'll do the same.

All the best,
steve

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Scambuster
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Hi Steve,

The L Glutamine powder is not known to specifically help with the Saliva function unfortunately but it it does so many other good things, it certainly is beneficial to overall well-being. Good to help gain some muscle tissue you may have lost and help the gut and mouth tissue recover.

For the saliva, I had been getting acupuncture for over a year and i think it has helped. I carry a pack of Eclipse non sugar type little mints that help stimulate Saliva, but I think they are more a parasympathetic stimulant to the 100's of tiny S glands we have throughout our mouths. The big 3 pairs of S Glands are mostly shot, but I still have hope of some recovery so i will continue to try.

Good luck with it all.

Scam

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I didnt start using the Glutamine until I was 16 months or so out. I think it helps with burning and my tongue pain. I keep a bottle of water with a tsp in it with me at all times. It makes the water tolerable for me to drink. I also put it in my freshly juiced fruit/veg. I cannot drink it without it. I have been feeling even dryer lately with my mouth. I thought it was supposed to get better, not worse. I know I will always be pretty dry because I am missing my left submandiblar.

JackLondon
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Glutamine Powder mixed with Room Temperature water will heal your gut lining and also other mucous membranes - I've been using it myself for over 6 months and have recommended it to five friends that also take it and all see positive benefits using it. It helps boost the immune system, helps give energy, it really does a lot of good that it should be given by doctors as a matter of course.

However I believe it's not a good thing to mix it with water and just leave it in a bottle - I believe that as soon as it gets wet it starts changing form and that you need to drink it quickly.

RogerRN43
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Is this what I should be getting?
(I live in Canada)

http://www.costco.ca/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=10314461&lang=en-CA

Take as directed while on rads and after?

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sweetblood22
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Looks right to me. I wish I could send you the extra jar I have because I'm not using it every day like I was.

I was told to take 5 g a day, or one heaping tsp in one cup water. Swish and swallow. Through rads and after. Make sure it's ok with your doc. There have been one or two that have said no, though I don't know why.

I would send you my jar, if you would like, and if I am allowed to send it to you in Canada. Free of charge. PM me if you are interested.

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What does this do for you?

RogerRN43
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How do I pm? Add as a friend first?

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sweetblood22
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I see you figured it out. :)

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