Glycine is a building block for making proteins in the body. Glycine is also involved in transmitting chemical signals in the brain, so there's interest in using it for schizophrenia and improving memory. A typical diet contains about 2 grams of glycine daily.
People use glycine for schizophrenia, stroke, memory and thinking skills, insomnia, and many other purposes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
- Schizophrenia. Taking glycine by mouth along with some antipsychotic drugs seems to reduce certain symptoms, called negative symptoms, in some people who don't respond to treatment with conventional drugs. But it's not clear if glycine is helpful in people who are taking newer medications, such as clozapine.
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if glycine is safe or what the side effects might be.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if glycine is safe or what the side effects might be. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if glycine is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Clozapine (Clozaril) interacts with GLYCINE
Clozapine is used to help treat schizophrenia. Taking glycine along with clozapine might decrease the effects of clozapine. It is not clear why this interaction occurs. Do not take glycine if you are taking clozapine.
Be cautious with this combination
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