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lecithin

Pronunciation: LEH sih thin

Brand: Lecithin Natural, Lecithin-Softgels, Soya Lecithin

What is the most important information I should know about lecithin?

Lecithin has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of lecithin may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

What is lecithin?

The use of lecithin in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

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 the treatment and/or prevention of high cholesterol levels, neurologic disorders, and liver ailments.

Lecithin has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of lecithin may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Lecithin may also have uses other than those listed in this product guide.

Who should not take lecithin?

Talk to your doctor before taking lecithin if you have any other medical conditions, allergies, or if you take other medicines or herbal/health supplements. Lecithin may not be recommended in some situations.

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Do not take lecithin without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. Lecithin is generally not recommended for use during pregnancy.

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Do not take lecithin without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

There is no information available regarding the use of lecithin by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.

How should I take lecithin?

The use of lecithin in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

If you choose to use lecithin, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Standardized extracts, tinctures, and solid formulations of herbal/health supplements may provide a more reliable dose of the product.

Lecithin is available in pill, granule, paste, and liquid formulations. Other formulations may also be available.

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Do not take more of this product than is directed.

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Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets, liquid, and others) of lecithin 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 of lecithin.

Store lecithin as directed on the package. In general, lecithin should be protected from light and moisture.

What happens if I miss a dose?

No information is available regarding a missed dose of lecithin. Consult your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider if you require further information.

What happens if I overdose?

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Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a lecithin overdose are not known.

What should I avoid while taking lecithin?

There are no known restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking lecithin, unless otherwise directed by your health care provider.

What are the possible side effects of lecithin?

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Although uncommon, allergic reactions to lecithin have been reported. Stop taking lecithin and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.

Other less serious side effects have also been infrequently reported. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you experience

  • decreased appetite,
  • nausea, or
  • increased salivation.

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.

What other drugs will affect lecithin?

There are no reported interactions between lecithin and other medications. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines or other herbal/health supplements.

Where can I get more information?

Your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider may have more information about lecithin.


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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