Q. I have been prescribed Citicoline for Alzheimer’s disease. What is its role, and how does it work?
Citicoline is a form of an essential nutrient called choline which is naturally present in the body. It protects the nerve cells in the brain from damage and also helps to repair the damaged nerve cells. Therefore, it improves learning, memory and cognitive function (processing information or perception) in Alzheimer’s disease.
Q. Can I take alcohol during treatment with Citicoline?
There are no studies to determine the effect of alcohol on treatment with Citicoline. However, since Citicoline is prescribed for stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, head injury, and age-related memory impairment, it is best to avoid the consumption of alcohol.
Q. Can students take Citicoline to improve memory and learning?
No, students should not take Citicoline since studies show that Citicoline is effective only in age-related memory problems, memory problems associated with long-standing stroke, and in Alzheimer’s disease. Moreover, there is no data available for use of this medicine in children.
Q. What is the role of Citicoline in stroke?
In cases of stroke caused due to blood clots, taking Citicoline orally can help the patient recover completely within 3 months. Also, giving Citicoline either intravenously (injecting the medicine in vein directly) within 12 hours of having stroke or daily for 7 days after the stroke can help the patient recover sooner.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.