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Citicoline

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Uses

Citicoline is used in the treatment of alzheimer's disease, stroke, dementia in parkinson's disease, age related memory loss and head trauma.

How it works

Citicoline seems to increase a brain chemical called phosphatidylcholine. This brain chemical is important for brain function. Citicoline might also decrease brain tissue damage when the brain is injured.

Common side effects

Headache, Shivering, Blurred vision, Hallucination, Shortness of breath, Vertigo, Increased blood pressure, Diarrhoea, Chest pain, Allergic reaction, Decreased blood pressure, Nausea, Edema, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Vomiting

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Expert advice

Consult your doctor before you start citicoline. 
  • If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to get pregnant.
  • Stop taking citicoline and consult a doctor if you experience signs of allergic reactions.

Frequently asked questions

Citicoline

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Is citicoline a stimulant?
Citicoline is a stimulant which is used for acute period of ischemic stroke (sudden death of brain cells in a localized area due to inadequate blood flow), rehabilitation period after ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, head injury and cognitive abnormalities at degenerate and vascular diseases of brain.

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Is citicoline safe?
Yes, citicoline is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

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Is citicoline same as choline?
Citicoline is cytidine diphosphate choline (CDP-choline). It is a biomolecule, also known as nucleotide that plays an important role in cellular metabolism. Choline is a metabolite of citicoline.

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Is citicoline a prescription drug?
Yes, citicoline is a prescription drug. It is not an over the counter (OTC) product.

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Is citicoline a vitamin?
Citicoline is not a vitamin. Citicoline is cytidine diphosphate choline (CDP choline). It belongs to a group of biomolecules known as nucleotides that play an important role in cellular metabolism.

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Is citicoline a natural substance?
Yes, citicoline is a natural substance.

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Is citicoline an amino acid?
Citicoline is not an amino acid. It is a biomolecule also known as nucleotide that plays an important role in cellular metabolism.

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Is citicoline a blood thinner?
Citicoline is not a blood thinner. It is a biomolecule also known as nucleotide that plays an important role in cellular metabolism.

Q.

Does citicoline work?
Citicoline works if taken for prescribed duration in prescribed doses as advised by your doctor.

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Does citicoline cause depression?
Citicoline is not known to cause depression. Talk to your doctor if you experience depression after taking citicoline as it requires proper diagnosis and treatment.

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Does citicoline increase dopamine levels?
Citicoline is not known to increase dopamine levels.

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Does citicoline cause anxiety?
Citicoline is not known to cause anxiety. Talk to your doctor if you experience anxiety after taking citicoline as it may require proper diagnosis and treatment.

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Does citicoline raise blood pressure?
Citicoline is not known to increase blood pressure. Citicoline has shown to have a short-term hypotensive (blood pressure lowering) action. Talk to your doctor if you have raised blood pressure after taking citicoline as it requires proper diagnosis and treatment.

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How long does citicoline take to work?
There is no study which mentions how long does it take for citicoline to work. It is used for an acute period of ischemic stroke (sudden death of brain cells in a localized area due to inadequate blood flow), rehabilitation period after ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, head injury, and cognitive abnormalities of the degenerated and vascular diseases of the brain. The effect of citicoline may vary upon individual response. Always follow doctor's advice regarding its use.

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How long does citicoline last?
There are no reports which mention how long does citicoline last.


Content on this page was last updated on 31 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)