Methionine

What is Methionine

Methionine is a proteinogenic amino acid. It is scientifically classified under essential amino acids which form the body’s main building blocks that facilitate the synthesis of proteins, but it cannot be produced naturally by the body. This means that Methionine should be sufficiently supplied to the body through our daily diet or dietary additives such as vitamin supplements. Methionine can be obtained from fish, meat and a variety of dairy products. It is the only sulfur-containing amino acid and its role in the synthesis of proteins makes it one of the most valuable essential amino acids. Methionine is a vital component in the MIC injections abbreviated as “M” in MIC. It is also used in many other Lipotropic injections in different combinations.

Methionin Structure

Methionine Structure

Uses of Methionine

Methionine can be used to prevent the damage of the liver in a case of Acetaminophen/Tylenol poisoning. It can also be used to increase the acidity of urine, to treat liver disorders and to fasten/improve the healing of wounds. Other uses of methionine include; treating alcoholism, suppressing psychological problems like depression and alleviating allergies. It can be used to treat asthma, copper poisoning, and the side effects of radiation, drug withdrawal, schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease.
Methionine is a very powerful antioxidant because it contains Sulfur. Sulfur helps to neutralize free radicals that are formed due to numerous metabolic processes in the body. The deficiency of Methionine has negative effects on the body’s serum levels because sulfur-containing amino acids increase the vulnerability of fats and lipids to degenerate and metabolize. This deficiency can play a role in the development of heart diseases. Methionine also facilitates the proper functioning of the immune system and it can help to treat UTI’s by preventing the destruction of the bladder by bacteria.
There are multiple suggestions that methionine can be used to treat some conditions and to help manage others but there is still insufficient evidence to prove these claims. Some of these conditions include; cobalamin deficiency, neural tube birth defects, liver functioning, depression, alcoholism, allergies, asthma, side effects of radiation, drug withdrawal and their associated conditions.

Contraindications Of Methionine

Methionine can increase the levels of acidity in the blood, so it should not be administered to individuals with acidosis.
There are numerous concerns that methionine can worsen atherosclerosis( the hardening of arteries in the body) and it can also worsen the symptoms of liver disease.
People with Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase should never take methionine because it can lead to a build-up of homocysteine which might increase their chances of acquiring heart diseases.
Large doses of methionine might cause confusion, delirium, restlessness, agitation, disorientation, and other symptoms in people with schizophrenia and this administration should be avoided. Currently, there is insufficient information on the interactions of methionine with other chemicals and substances.

Side effects of Methionine

Methionine is safe when administered orally or injected intravenously but only to treat acetaminophen poisoning. This administration should be done under the strict supervision of a qualified medical practitioner or your personal health service provider. You should never administer Methionine by yourself. Self-medication can put you at risk of largely harmful effects and the possibility of an overdose which can lead to brain damage and even death. An overdose can increase homocysteine levels in your serum which can lead to the development of various heart diseases and even worse, it can facilitate the development of cancerous growths and tumor.
Methionine is generally safe for children when administered orally for the treatment of acetaminophen poisoning, this should also be done under the strict supervision of a qualified health service provider. Methionine can cause harmful effects when administered to infants via intravenous administration so this should always be avoided.
There is insufficient evidence concerning the safety of administering Methionine to pregnant and lactating mothers but to stay on the safe side, it is advisable to stay away from this medication completely if you are going through any of these situations.

Methionine Dosages

The dosage of methionine for the treatment of acetaminophen / Tylenol poisoning is 2.5 grams which should be administered after every 4 hours in 4 doses. This should be done accurately to prevent liver damage and death. Methionine must be administered within 10 hours of the poisoning and the administration should be carried out by a qualified physician.

Conclusion

Methionine is a drug that has substantial importance in the body and in a case of deficiency or during its use as a treatment for poisoning; it should be administered in the right way in order to avoid the adverse effects that it might cause, This medication is readily available in our pharmacy and we can compound it to fit all your needs, For more information on this medication and its administration, feel free to contact us.