Alpha Glycerophosphocholine

Description

Alpha Glycerophosphocholine is a choline-containing supplement which enhances the brain function and stimulates the release of growth hormone. At high doses, it is effective in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (memory loss and decline in cognitive function) and dementia (memory loss) for improving memory and thinking skills.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Alpha Glycerophosphocholine

  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion

Uses of Alpha Glycerophosphocholine

What is it prescribed for?

  • Cognitive Function and Brain Health
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this supplement to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this supplement remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to Alpha Glycerophosphocholine or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Other uses

Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for indications other than those stated above in certain specific circumstances. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor in such cases.

Other medicines

This medicine may interact with many other medicines and may cause severe adverse effects. Hence, it is advised that you inform the doctor about all your current medicines including any herbs and supplements before beginning treatment with this medicine.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this supplement as directed by the physician. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable effects. Do not stop taking the supplement before completion of the course/without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Effect on sleep is not established

How it works
It increases a chemical called acetylcholine in the brain which is responsible for the memory and learning functions.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Phospholipids, Cognitive enhancers, Parasympathomimetic Agents

Schedule

Schedule H

Choline alfoscerate - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2019 [cited 7 January 2019]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB04660

Alpha-GPC Research Analysis [Internet]. Examine.com. 2019 [cited 7 January 2019]. Available from:

https://examine.com/supplements/alpha-gpc/

[Internet]. Douglaslabs.com. 2019 [cited 7 January 2019]. Available from:

https://www.douglaslabs.com/media/DL99255.pdf

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Information on this page was last updated on 5 Feb 2019

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