Citicoline Side Effects

Common Citicoline Side Effects

The most commonly reported Citicoline side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Pneumonia (1)
Stevens-johnson Syndrome (1)
Hepatitis (1)
Cerebral Infarction (1)
Aspartate Aminotransferase Increased (1)
Cardiac Failure Acute (1)
Alanine Aminotransferase Increased (1)

If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

Citicoline Side Effects Reported to FDA

The following Citicoline reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.

The appearance of Citicoline on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.
on Mar 22, 2012 Female from SPAIN , 44 years of age, was treated with Citicoline. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Citicoline side effects: hepatitis. Citicoline dosage: 1 G, Uid/qd.
Associated medications used:
  • Dabigatran Etexilate (110 Mg, Bid)
  • Flecainide Acetate (100 Mg, Bid)
  • Vesicare (5 Mg, Uid/qd)
  • Keppra (1500 Mg, Bid)
  • Clopidogrel (75 Mg, Uid/qd)
  • Paroxetine Hydrochloride (20 Mg, Uid/qd)
  • Ranitidine (150 Mg, Uid/qd)
Patient was hospitalized.

Pneumonia, Alanine Aminotransferase Increased, Aspartate Aminotransferase Increased, Cardiac Failure Acute, Stevens-johnson Syndrome
Patient was taking Citicoline. Patient felt the following Citicoline side effects: pneumonia, alanine aminotransferase increased, aspartate aminotransferase increased, cardiac failure acute, stevens-johnson syndrome on Feb 17, 2012 from JAPAN Additional patient health information: Male , 71 years of age, was diagnosed with and. Citicoline dosage: 500 Mg, 2x/day.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Radicut (30 Mg, 2x/day)
  • Cefazolin Sodium (1 G, 2x/day)
  • Plavix (75 Mg, Daily)
  • Ozagrel Sodium (80 Mg, 2x/day)
  • Lipitor (10 Mg, 1x/day)
  • Cerebid (8 Ml, 2x/day)
Patient was hospitalized.

Cerebral Infarction
Adverse event was reported on Jun 13, 2011 by a Female taking Citicoline (Dosage: N/A) . Location: UNITED KINGDOM , 78 years of age, After Citicoline was administered, patient encountered several Citicoline side effects: cerebral infarction.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Glycerol 2.6%
Patient was hospitalized.

Keep Track of Side Effects

Note Your Observations

It is really important to keep of your symptoms, right from the time you start a new medicine. You can do it any way you prefer: in a notebook, in a computer file or using our online tool. You should also note down any other medicines you are taking at the same time, because there could be an interaction between these medicines.

Why Your Notes are Important

Your notes could be helpful in several ways:

  • You can use them to remind you of details that may alert your health care professional(s) to a problem
  • You will have a record to refer to in the future, in case you are ever prescribed the same medicine again

  • Log Form

    You can use the following log form to write down important information, like the date and time you experienced a side effect and your symptoms, how strong the symptoms were, and any other medicines you were using.

    Medicine Name and Dosage:


    Side Effects


    Date & Time

    Other Medicine(s) or Treatment(s)





    Scale: 1 = very mild to 10 = very bad

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    Side Effects reported to FDA: 3

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    Reported deaths: 2

    Reported hospitalizations: 3

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