lipotropic factor

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Hepatic steatosisAsthmaPrevention of neural tube defects


Choline is synthesized in the body by the liver and is required for liver function. It lowers lipophosphatidylcholine levels producing anti-inflammatory effects in the lungs.

Therapeutic effects

Improved liver function.
Decreased asthmatic symptoms.


Absorption: Unknown.
Distribution: Unknown.
Metabolism and Excretion: Unknown.
Half-life: Unknown.

Time/action profile



Contraindicated in: Allergy/hypersensitivity.
Use Cautiously in: Doses >3.5 grams/day can ↑ risk of adverse effects.

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects


  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting


  • sweating
  • fishy body odor


None known.None known.
Oral (Adults) Asthma—500–1000 mg 3 times daily; Adequate intake—Men and lactating females: 550 mg daily; Women: 425 mg daily; Pregnant women: 450 mg daily; Children 9–13 years: 375 mg daily; Children 4–8 years: 250 mg daily; Children 1–3 years: 200 mg daily; Infants 7–12 mo: 150 mg daily; Infants <6 mo: 125 mg daily. Maximum: 3.5 g daily for adults and 3 g for <18 years.


Capsules: OTC
Tablets: OTC

Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Monitor vital signs periodically during therapy.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Ineffective airway clearance (Indications)


  • Oral: Take daily, as directed.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Pure choline is rarely used because of its undesirable side effects of fishy odor. Lecithin or purified phosphatidylcholine is more commonly used.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Decrease in symptoms of hepatic steatosis.
  • Decreased asthmatic symptoms.
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agent found in most animal tissues either free or in combination as lecithin (phosphatidylcholine), acetate (acetylcholine), or cytidine diphosphate (cytidine diphosphocholine). It is included in the vitamin B complex. Several salts of choline are used in medicine.
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A chemical present in most tissues, either free or combined with acetate (acetylcholine, which is critical for synaptic transmission), cytidine diphosphate or lecithin (phosphatidylcholine); it is included in the vitamin B complex.

Alternative medicine
Some providers of alternative healthcare have recommended choline to manage body odour, convulsions and tardive dyskinesia.
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lipotropic factor

Any of the compounds that promote the transportation and use of fats and help to prevent accumulation of fat in the liver.
See also: factor
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