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What are risks of taking citicoline?

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Tell your doctor about any supplements you’re taking, even if they’re natural. That way, your doctor can check on any potential side effects or interactions with medications.

  • Side effects. Citicoline is usually well-tolerated but may cause nausea and diarrhea.
  • Risks. Children, and women who are pregnant or breast feeding, should avoid using citicoline. We do not know if citicoline is safe for these groups.
  • Interactions. If you take any medicines regularly, talk to your doctor before you start using any supplements.

SOURCES:

Brigham and Women's Hospital: "Citicoline Supplement Doesn't Help Treat Brain Injury, Study Finds."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Citicoline."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Citicoline."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 26, 2020

SOURCES:

Brigham and Women's Hospital: "Citicoline Supplement Doesn't Help Treat Brain Injury, Study Finds."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Citicoline."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Citicoline."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 26, 2020

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