Generic Name: lecithin (LEH sih thin)
Brand Name: Lecithin-Softgels, Lecithin Natural, Soya Lecithin
What is lecithin?
Lecithin is also known as lecithol, vitellin, kelecin, and granulestin. Lecithin is a naturally occurring substance found in beef liver, steak, eggs, peanuts, cauliflower, and oranges. Commercial lecithin products usually come from soybeans, egg yolk, or brain tissue.
Lecithin has been used in alternative medicine as an aid to treat high cholesterol, certain liver problems, gallbladder disease, or certain problems in people with mania. Lecithin has also been used to prevent certain complications in in people who are unable to eat and are receiving nutrition through an IV (total parenteral nutrition, or TPN).
Lecithin is often sold as an herbal supplement. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.
Not all uses for lecithin have been approved by the FDA. Lecithin should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor.
Lecithin may also be used for purposes not listed in this product guide.
What is the most important information I should know about lecithin?
Follow all directions on the product label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking lecithin?
Before using lecithin, talk to your healthcare provider. You may not be able to use lecithin if you have certain medical conditions.
It is not known whether lecithin will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this product without medical advice if you are pregnant.
Do not use this product without medical advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without medical advice.
How should I take lecithin?
When considering the use of herbal supplements, seek the advice of your doctor. You may also consider consulting a practitioner who is trained in the use of herbal/health supplements.
If you choose to use lecithin, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider. Do not use more of this product than is recommended on the label.
Lecithin is only part of a treatment program that may also include diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very carefully.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra lecithin to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking lecithin?
Follow your healthcare provider's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Lecithin side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Common side effects may include:
nausea, stomach pain, bloating;
mild skin rash.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect lecithin?
Other drugs may interact with lecithin, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
Where can I get more information?
- Consult with a licensed healthcare professional before using any herbal/health supplement. Whether you are treated by a medical doctor or a practitioner trained in the use of natural medicines/supplements, make sure all your healthcare providers know about all of your medical conditions and treatments.
- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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