What is lecithin?


Generic Name: Lecithin Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Know the basics

What is lecithin used for?

Lecithin is converted into acetylcholine, a substance that transmits nerve impulses.

Lecithin has been used in alternative medicine as a possibly effective aid in treating liver disease.

Lecithin has also been used to treat gallbladder disease, dementia related to Alzheimer’s disease, age related loss of memory, and head injuries. However, research has shown that lecithin may not be effective in treating these conditions.

Other uses not proven with research have included high cholesterol, manic-depressive disorder, dermatitis, improvement of athletic performance, Parkinson’s disease, stress, insomnia, and other conditions.

Lecithin may also be used for purposes not listed in this product guide.

How should I take lecithin?

Take this product by mouth as directed. Follow all directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens or if you develop new symptoms. If you think you may have a serious medical problem, get medical help right away.

How do I store lecithin?

Lecithin is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Lecithin in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Lecithin that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Lecithin down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Know the precautions & warnings

What should I know before using lecithin?

Before using Lecithin, tell your doctor if you:

  • Are allergic to Lecithin

Is it safe to take lecithin during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Lecithin during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Lecithin.

Know the side effects

What are the side effects of lecithin?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Although not all side effects are known, lecithin is thought to be likely safe for most people.

Common side effects may include: diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain or fullness.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Know the interactions

What drugs may interact with lecithin?

Lecithin may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with lecithin?

Lecithin may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with lecithin?

Lecithin may interact with your health condition, especially malabsorption. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor.

Understand the dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Lecithin.

What is the dose of Lecithin for an adult?

Oral: Dietary supplement

Adult: 3-9 g daily in divided doses.

What is the dose of Lecithin for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Lecithin available?

Lecithin is available in the following dosage forms and strengths: Softgel: 1200 mg.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Lecithin, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: May 30, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017

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