Glutathione (Herb/Suppl)

Brand and Other Names:gamma-L-glutamyl-L-cysteinylglycine, GSH, more...L-glutathione, N-(N-L-gamma-glutamyl-L-cysteinyl)glycin...

Suggested Dosing

Chemotherapy Adjunct

600 mg/day IM days 2-5 of chemotherapy

1.5 g/m² IV before chemotherapy

Male Infertility

600 mg IM qOD x 2 months


250 mg PO qDay

Dose range: 50-600 mg/day


600 mg NEB BID

Inborn Errors of Metabolism of Glutathione (Orphan)

Liposomal glutathione: Support of glutathione deficiency in individuals with inborn errors of metabolism of glutathione (IEMG)

Orphan indication sponsor

  • Your Energy Systems, LLC; 555 Bryant Street #305; Palo Alto, CA 94301

Cystic Fibrosis (Orphan)

S-Nitroglutathione: Management of cystic fibrosis to improve airway clearance and to improve or stabilize pulmonary function

Orphan indication sponsor

  • N30 PHARMAceuticals, LLC; 3122 Sterling Circle; Boulder, CO 80301

Lung Dysfunction (Orphan)

Orphan designation for treatment of lung dysfunction following lung transplant


  • Renovion, Inc; 2 Briar Bridge Lane, Chapel Hill, NC

Suggested Uses

Male infertility (IM use), atherosclerosis (IV, PO use), cancers, chemotherapy adjunct (IM, IV use), diabetes (IV use), immunostimulant, liver diseases, lung diseases (inhaled use), memory loss, Parkinson's disease (IV, PO use)


Possibly effective for chemotherapy toxicity


Adverse Effects

Bronchospasm (inhaled use)




Asthma (inhaled use)


Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy Category: avoid use

Lactation: avoid use

Pregnancy Categories

A: Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

B: May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

C: Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

D: Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

X: Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

NA: Information not available.



Metabolism: N/A

Excretion: N/A

Mechanism of Action

Powerful antioxidant; co-factor in Phase I hepatic detoxification; involved in synthesis of DNA & proteins, amino acid transport, enzyme activation, immune system function

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