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Brand Names: Lecithin Natural, Lecithin-Softgels, Soya Lecithin

Generic Name: lecithin (Pronunciation: LEH sih thin)

What is lecithin (Lecithin Natural, Lecithin-Softgels, Soya Lecithin)?

The use of lecithin in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

Lecithin is also known as lecithol, vitellin, kelecin, and granulestin. Lecithin is a naturally occurring substance found in beef liver, steak, eggs, peanuts, cauliflower, and oranges. Commercial lecithin products usually come from soybeans, egg yolk, or brain tissue.

Lecithin has been used in the treatment and/or prevention of high cholesterol levels, neurologic disorders, and liver ailments.

Lecithin has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of lecithin may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Lecithin may also have uses other than those listed in this product guide.

What are the possible side effects of lecithin (Lecithin Natural, Lecithin-Softgels, Soya Lecithin)?

Although uncommon, allergic reactions to lecithin have been reported. Stop taking lecithin and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.

Other less serious side effects have also been infrequently reported. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you experience

  • decreased appetite,
  • nausea, or
  • increased salivation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about lecithin (Lecithin Natural, Lecithin-Softgels, Soya Lecithin)?

Lecithin has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of lecithin may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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