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A 19-year-old female asked:

Why could i take 20 betaine hcl pills and feel no burning? i recently got diagnosed with gastritis with erosion, is it too much stomach acid?

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Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Why did you take?: Betaine hydrochloride has an interesting history. Betaine hydrochloride used to be included in over-the-counter (OTC) products as a “stomach acidifier and digestive aid.” But a federal law that went into effect in 1993 banned betaine hydrochloride from use in OTC products because there wasn’t enough evidence to classify it “generally recognized as safe and effective.” Why were you taking 20?

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Last updated Mar 11, 2016

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