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Brand names: Lecithin, Soya Lecithin
Drug Class: Nutraceuticals

What is Lecithin-softgels?

Lecithin can be found in foods such as soybeans and the yolks of eggs. Other names include Egg Lecithin (also known as Lecitina), Soy Lecithin (also known as Soy Phospholipid), Soybean Lecithin (also known as Vegilecithin), Vitellin, and Vitelline.Lecithin is used as an alternative medicine to treat liver diseases.Lecithin is also used to treat gallbladder disease, dementia associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and head injuries. Research has shown, however, that lecithin is not effective in treating any of these conditions.Some other uses that have not been proven by research include high blood cholesterol, manic-depressive disorders, skin dermatitis, improvement in athletic performance, Parkinson’s disease, stress, sleeplessness, and others.Lecithin may be effective in treating certain medical conditions, but it is not known for sure. The FDA has not approved the use of this product for medical purposes. Lecithin is not a substitute for medication prescribed by your doctor.Lecithin can be sold as an herbal supplement. Many herbal compounds are not manufactured to regulated standards, and some supplements on the market have been found to be contaminated with toxic drugs or metals. To minimise the risk, herbal or health supplements must be purchased from a reputable source.Lecithin can be used in other ways than those listed in the product guide.

Side effects of Lecithin-softgels

In case of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical advice: hives, difficulty breathing or swelling to lips, face, tongue or throat.Lecithin, although not all of its side effects are known, is considered safe by most people.

Lecithin softgels can cause the following side effects:

  • Diarrhoea, nausea, or stomach pain

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor.Reaching out to the FDA with any side effect reports can be done via their toll free number: 1-800-FDA-1088.


Please read all instructions on the label or package of your product. Informing your healthcare provider of all medical conditions, allergies and medicines that you are currently taking will allow them to provide effective and appropriate care.

Before you take this drug

Speak to your doctor before using lecithin. If you suffer from certain medical conditions, lecithin may not be suitable for you.Consult your doctor before taking this medication if you're pregnant or nursing.Don't give herbal or health supplements to children without consulting a doctor.

How to take Lecithin-softgels?

Consult your doctor before using herbal supplements. Consult a health practitioner trained in herbal or health supplement use.Use lecithin only as directed on the label or by your doctor or pharmacist. Use only the recommended amount of this product.Use different lecithin formulations (such as liquids, tablets, etc.) only when directed by a healthcare professional. Combining different formulations increases the risk of overdose.If the condition that you are treating with lecithin doesn't improve or worsens while using this product, call your doctor.Store at room temperature away from heat and moisture to preserve quality and life span of product.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Do not take the missed dose. Use your next dose as usual. Do not take both doses at once.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

What should be avoided?

If your doctor has prescribed any restrictions regarding food, beverage, or activity, follow their instructions.

Interaction with other drug

You should not take lecithin unless you have been advised by your doctor if you use any of the medications listed below:

  • Topical diclofenac.

This list is incomplete. Lecithin may be affected by other drugs, such as vitamins and herbs. This list does not include all possible interactions with other drugs.