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Generic: caprylic acid
treats Epilepsy

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Interactions with Drugs

Caprylic acid may alter the effects of drugs that are highly bound to albumin. Patients taking any medications should check the package insert, and consult with a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist.

Theoretically, caprylic acid may increase susceptibility to carbaryl exposure and decrease the body's ability to clear carbaryl, a highly toxic insecticide. Caution is advised.

Indomethacin can inhibit the cardiovascular effects of octanoic acid. Patients taking cardiovascular medications should consult with a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist, about interactions.

Although not well studied in humans, caprylic acid may also interact with inotropic agents, nimodipine, phenylbutazone, warfarin and non- steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).

Interactions with Herbs and Dietary Supplements

Octanoic acid may alter the effects of non- steroidal anti- inflammatory agents. Caution is advised in patients taking herbs and supplements that have similar effects as non- steroidal anti- inflammatory agents.


This information is based on a systematic review of scientific literature, and was peer- reviewed and edited by contributors to the Natural Standard Research Collaboration ( Ashley Brigham, PharmD (Northeastern University); J. Katherine Bryan, BA (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Nicole Giese, MS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Thuy- Duong Le, PharmD (Oregon State University); Elizabeth A. Poole, PharmD; Shaina Tanguay- Colucci, BS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Wendy Weissner, BA (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Heeja Yoon, PharmD (Drake University).


DISCLAIMER: Natural Standard developed the above evidence- based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to Selected references are listed below.

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Hoshimoto A, Suzuki Y, Katsuno T, et al. Caprylic acid and medium- chain triglycerides inhibit IL- 8 gene transcription in Caco- 2 cells: comparison with the potent histone deacetylase inhibitor trichostatin A. Br J Pharmacol 2002;136(2):280- 286.

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Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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