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Brand name: Arginine Hydrochloride (Phebra) TM

Active ingredients: arginine hydrochloride

What it is used for

INDICATIONS AS AT 01 JAN 1991 : Arginine stimulates the release of growth hormone by the pituitary gland and may be used instead of , or in addition to, other tests such as insulin-induced hypoglycaemia, for the evaluation of growth disorders; false positive and false negative results are relatively common and evaluation therefore should not be made on the basis of a single arginine test. Arginine is used as an acidifying agent in severe metabolic alkalosis. Arginine is used in some conditions accompanied by hyperammonaemia stemming from inborn errors of the urea cycle, particularly where there is a severe deficiency of ornithine carbamoyl transferase or carbamoyl phosphate synthetase where respiratory alkalosis is present.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.

  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Do not Freeze
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Clear colourless solution

Do I need a prescription?

We are unable to tell you if you need a prescription for this medicine. You can ask your pharmacist.This medicine is Not Scheduled.

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