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What is Citicoline used for?

Citicoline is a dietary supplement that appears to promote brain function, and may help enhance cognition and focus. Citicoline may improve the brain function by increasing a chemical in the brain called phosphatidylcholine.

Citicoline seems to be a nootropic, which has been shown to improve memory capacity in the elderly.

Citicoline may also be prescribed for the treatment of head trauma, cerebrovascular disorders, and neurological conditions such as stroke, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

Citicoline may possibly be effective for attention deficit disorder and may also help improve vision in people with glaucoma. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Citicoline?

The dosage of Citicoline prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Citicoline?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Citicoline medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.

What if you overdose on Citicoline?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Citicoline, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Citicoline?

There are no known interactions between Citicoline and other medicines. However, it is important to inform your doctor about the use of any other medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Citicoline) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Citicoline?

Like other medicines, Citicoline can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Citicoline are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Citicoline cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Citicoline develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Citicoline may cause side effects such as insomnia, low blood pressure, headache, diarrhea and nausea. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Citicoline.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Citicoline?

Is it possible for me to take Citicoline with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Citicoline?
What are the possible drug interactions of Citicoline?
How will Citicoline work in my body?
How should Citicoline be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Citicoline drug interactions and side effects?

Note

Before taking Citicoline, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Citicoline is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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