- Stroke recovery: Citicoline accelerates the recovery of consciousness and overcoming motor deficit. Stroke patients who take Citicoline by mouth within 24 hours of having the kind of stroke that is caused by a clot (ischemic stroke) are more likely than other ischemic stroke patients to have a complete recovery within 3 months. Stroke patients who receive intravenous (IV) Citicoline within 12 hours of having an ischemic stroke and daily thereafter for 7 days also have improved recovery.
- Age-related memory problems: Taking Citicoline seems to help memory loss in people aged 50 to 85 years.
- Long-term blood circulation problems in the brain (cerebrovascular diseases): From ischemia due to stroke, where Citicoline accelerates the recovery of consciousness and overcoming motor deficit.
- Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia: Citicoline improves learning, memory, speaking ability and information processing (cognitive function) in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease and people with brain injury due to trauma.
- Parkinson's disease: Citicoline has also been shown to be effective as co-therapy for Parkinson’s disease. It increases striatal dopamine and tyrosine hydroxylase synthesis.
- Vision loss due to blockage of the optic nerve (ischemic optic neuropathy)
Dosage & Administration
•For immediate treatment of stroke due to a clot (ischemic stroke): 2000-500 mg of Citicoline per day starting within 24 hours of stroke.
•For ongoing disease of the blood vessels that serve the brain (chronic cerebrovascular disease): 600 mg of Citicoline per day.
•For decline in thinking skills due to age:1000-2000 mg of Citicoline per day.
Injection: 1 to 2 injections daily.
•Adjust dosage according to severity
•Can be administered through intramuscular (IM), or intravenous (IV) [ 3 to 5 minutes] route
Use in Pregnancy and Lactations
There is not enough evidence on Citicoline's safety in pregnancy and breast feeding women. Citicoline should be used in pregnancy and lactation only when benefits justify the potential risks.