What is it?
Choline is a dietary supplement used to treat high cholesterol, improve memory, and protect the liver.
Other names for Choline include: CDP-choline, Citicoline, Phosphatidylcholine, Polyenylphosphatidylcholine (PPC), and Tetra-methylglycine.
Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.
Tell your doctor if you
- are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
- are breastfeeding
- have other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease
Talk with your caregiver about how much Choline you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Choline. 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.
To store this medicine:
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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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.
Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.
- Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
- Chest pain
- Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin
Other 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.
- Upset stomach or stomach pain (3)
- More saliva (4)
- Loss of appetite (4)
- Sweating (4)
- Fishy body odor (5,6)
1. Chawla R, Wolf D, Kutner M et al: Choline may be an essential nutrient in malnourished patients with cirrhosis. Gastroenterol 1989; 97(6):1514-1520.
2. Zeisel S: Choline: An essential nutrient for humans. Nutrition 2000; 16(7/8):669-671.
3. Secades J & Frontera G: CDP-Choline: Pharmacological and clinical review. Meth Find Exp Clin Pharmacol 1995; 17(B):1-54.
4. Sahu A: Effects of choline and mineral fibres (Chrysotile asbestos) on guinea-pigs. IARC Sci Publ 1989; 90:185-189.
5. Zeisel S, Gettner S & Youssef M: Formation of aliphatic amine precursors of N-nitrosodimethylamine after oral administration of choline and choline analogues in the rat. Food Chem Tox 1989; 27(1):31-34.
6. McNamara JO, Carwile S, Hope V et al: Effects of oral choline on human complex partial seizures. Neurology 1980; 30(12):1334-1336.
Last Updated: 1/4/2018