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Soya Lecithin

Generic name: lecithinLEH-sih-thin ]
Brand names: Lecithin-Softgels, Soya Lecithin
Drug class: Nutraceutical products

Medically reviewed by on Aug 11, 2023. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Soya Lecithin?

Soya Lecithin is a fat that can be found in many foods like soybeans and egg yolks. It is also known as Egg Soya Lecithin, Lecitina, OvoSoya Lecithin, Soy Soya Lecithin, Soy Phospholipid, Soybean Soya Lecithin, VegiSoya Lecithin, Vitellin, Vitelline, and other names.

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

Soya 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 Soya 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.

It is not certain whether Soya Lecithin is effective in treating any medical condition. Medicinal use of this product has not been approved by the FDA. Soya Lecithin should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor.

Soya 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.

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

Soya Lecithin side effects

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, Soya Lecithin is thought to be likely safe for most people.

Common side effects of Soya Lecithin may include:

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.


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.

Before taking this medicine

Before using Soya Lecithin, talk to your healthcare provider. You may not be able to use Soya Lecithin if you have certain medical conditions.

Ask a doctor before using Soya Soya Lecithin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without medical advice.

How should I use Soya 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 Soya 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.

Do not use different formulations of Soya Lecithin (such as tablets, liquids, and others) at the same time, unless specifically directed to do so by a health care professional. Using different formulations together increases the risk of an overdose.

Call your doctor if the condition you are treating with Soya Lecithin does not improve, or if it gets worse while using this product.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Skip the missed dose and use your next dose at the regular time. Do not use two doses at one time.

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 using Soya Lecithin?

Follow your healthcare provider's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

What other drugs will affect Soya Lecithin?

Do not take Soya Lecithin without medical advice if you are using any of the following medications:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect Soya Lecithin, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

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  • 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.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.