Do I need a prescription for Healios®?
No, Healios® is available over-the-counter. Your healthcare provider can assess your nutritional needs and recommend a supplementation plan that is right for you.
What side effects can Healios® help manage?
Healios® can help manage and alleviate mouth sores as well as swallowing discomfort due to cancer treatment.
Can I incorporate Healios® into my cancer treatment plan?
Yes, Healios® can be a part of your supportive care plan. A healthcare professional can help you assess your nutritional needs and recommend a supplementation plan that is right for you.
Can I take any other medications to manage and alleviate the pain from mouth sores while taking Healios®?
Yes, Healios® can be taken in conjunction with other medications such a magic mouthwash. Talk to your healthcare provider about incorporating Healios® as part of your treatment plan.
How do you use Healios®?
Healios® comes packaged as a flavored powder that is mixed with water. Each unit comes with a bottle, so you can easily mix, measure, and drink the solution. Once you have mixed Healios®, all you have to do is swish and swallow.
Why do you “swish and swallow” Healios®?
Because Healios® has been formulated to facilitate rapid glutamine uptake, the swish and swallow method is an effective way to obtain optimal nutrient absorption.
How does Healios® taste?
Healios® comes in two different flavors, orange and grape, that are pleasant for a children and adult patients to enjoy.
Would a regular pill or powder work for me?
Glutamine on its own can be very hard to absorb. Ordinary glutamine powders and pills rely on normal bio-absorption, which can be difficult for cancer patients. Healios®, has been formulated to facilitate the uptake of glutamine directly in the affected areas such as the mouth, throat, and esophagus.
Are the sugars in Healios® bad for me?
No. Normal diets contain some carbohydrates which are normally broken down into sugars by the body. The disaccharide sugars in Healios® help shuttle glutamine directly into the cells of the affected areas.
When should I take Healios®?
Healios® is generally taken twice per day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. If you would like to take Healios® more frequently, a healthcare provider can recommend a schedule that matches your treatment plan.
When should I start taking Healios®?
Healios® works to support normal healthy cell repair and epithelial renewal. Your need for glutamine increases when the body and its tissues are under stress or are exposed to chemotherapy or radiation agents.
You can start taking Healios® before treatment, during, and after. A healthcare professional can help you assess your nutritional needs and recommend a supplementation plan that is right for you.
Are there any side effects from Healios®?
No, Healios® has not been found to produce any side effects.
Some individuals may be sensitive to glutamine. Do not use Healios if you have sensitivity to monosodium glutamate (MSG), a food additive.
Do not use if you have severe liver disease with difficulty thinking or confusion (hepatic encephalopathy); suffer from mania (a mental disorder); or are prone to seizures.
Always check with your doctor before using Healios®.
What role does glutamine have in general health?
Glutamine is a naturally occurring amino acid; it can be found in high protein foods such as milk, beef, chicken, and fish. Glutamine accounts for approximately 60% of all free amino acids in the blood and can be utilized by the body to help make new proteins as well as other important compounds. Glutamine has been known to promote healing, acting as nitrogen shuttle which is an important part of tissue and cell repair.
The amount of glutamine in standard doses of Healios® is similar to what can be achieved with a high protein diet. However, the extra ingredients of Healios® give the tissues of the mouth, throat, and esophagus the ability maintain tissue integrity more effectively.
Is Healios® safe for children?
Yes, Healios® was created to help children with mouth sores as a result of cancer treatment. We offer Healios® for free to children under the age of 18.