Citicoline is a brain chemical that occurs naturally in the body. As a medicine, it is taken by mouth as a supplement or given by IV or as a shot.
Citicoline is used for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, head trauma, cerebrovascular disease such as stroke, age-related memory loss, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit-hyperactive disorder (ADHD), and glaucoma.
Citicoline was originally developed in Japan for stroke. It was later introduced as a prescription drug in many European countries. In these countries it is now frequently prescribed for thinking problems related to circulation problems in the brain. In the US, citicoline is marketed as a dietary supplement.
- Citicoline (CDP Choline) is a Nootropic supplement that has far reaching benefits both for brain health and for intelligence. Not only that, but the risk of Citicoline side effects is very low and it is incredibly well-tolerated. This may be because Citicoline is actually a natural chemical that the body can produce on its own, but in much smaller amounts. Some of the more significant Citicoline benefits including boosting your memory, increased mental energy, helping to improve learning and other cognitive effects. There are even a number of clinical uses which researchers are very excited about. Finally, this supplement may be able to amplify the effectiveness of other Nootropics when used in a stack. Many experts agree that Citicoline is one nutritional supplement that should be routine for almost everyone, whether you are student, working mom, or hard-training athlete.
Citicoline is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth short-term (up to 90 days). The safety of long-term use is not known. Most people who take citicoline don’t experience problematic side effects. But some people can have side effects such as trouble sleeping (insomnia), headache, diarrhea, low or high blood pressure, nausea, blurred vision, chest pains, and others.
None are recorded.
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Source: WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1090-citicoline.aspx?activeingredientid=1090&activeingredientname=citicoline