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Q. Is L-Glutamine safe for a rheumatoid arthritis patient?

Answered by
Dr. Naval Mendiratta
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 06, 2016 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hi doctor,

My wife has been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for more than 10 years. For the last two years, she has been taking infusions of Rituximab or Rituxan 2 g. Last infusion was six months ago. It is also confirmed that she has Leaky gut syndrome. Is it safe to take L-Glutamine (supplement for Leaky gut) for patient infused with Rituxan? Please explain.

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Hi,

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  • Leaky gut syndrome (leakage of undigested food or other substance due to damaged intestinal wall) is more of a hypothetical thing. A lot of researches are still going on and it is believed to trigger the autoimmune reactions in the body.
  • But, yes, it is safe to take the L-Glutamine with Rituximab. No contraindications to it as such.
  • Make sure she avoids outside food as you do not want to catch an infection, which can trigger the rheumatoid arthritis.

For further information consult a rheumatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/rheumatologist


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