Lecithin is found in all living cells. The highest amount of lecithin is found in the brain, heart, liver, and kidney. Lecithin can also be prepared from soybeans. It is commonly used as a supplement for atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries), Alzheimer's disease, depression, dementia, gallbladder disease, gallstones, liver disease, headache, multiple sclerosis, acne (pimples), psoriasis, and high cholesterol. Its use in the treatment of depression, dementia, gallbladder disease, headache, multiple sclerosis, and psoriasis may not be effective. Lecithin that is available at health food stores is usually a combination of fats (including phosphatidylcholine), oil, and carbohydrates.
Other names for lecithin include: phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylinositol, PC-55, ethanolamine, and serine.
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Talk with your caregiver about how much Lecithin you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Lecithin. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.
Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.
Call your doctor right away if you have any of these side effects:
You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.
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