Caprylic acid is a part of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) products. It might have anti-inflammatory effects.
People use caprylic acid for epilepsy, a nerve disorder that causes uncontrollable shaking (essential tremor), kidney failure, digestive disorders, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
We currently have no information for CAPRYLIC ACID overview.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Caprylic acid is commonly consumed in foods. There isn't enough reliable information to know if caprylic acid is safe to use in larger amounts when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Liver disease: Caprylic acid is broken down by the liver. People with liver disease might not be able to break down caprylic acid. But it's not clear if this is a major concern. Until more is known, use with caution.
Medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (MCAD) deficiency: People with MCAD deficiency are not able to break down caprylic acid. This can lead to increased levels of caprylic acid in the blood, which might increase the risk of serious side effects. Avoid using.
Weak and brittle bones (osteoporosis): People with osteoporosis have weak and brittle bones. Caprylic acid might make bones weaker and more brittle. Until more is known, use with caution.
Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs) interacts with CAPRYLIC ACID
Caprylic acid might lower blood pressure. Taking caprylic acid along with medications that lower blood pressure might cause blood pressure to go too low. Monitor your blood pressure closely.
NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) interacts with CAPRYLIC ACID
Taking caprylic acid with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) might increase levels of NSAIDs in the body. This might increase the effects and side effects of NSAIDs.
Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with CAPRYLIC ACID
Taking caprylic acid with warfarin might increase levels of warfarin in the body. This might increase the effects and side effects of warfarin. Until more is known, be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin might need to be changed.
Be cautious with this combination
As medicine, there isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of caprylic acid might be. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult a healthcare professional before using.
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