What Is Garcinia and How Does It Work?

Garcinia suggested use is for weight loss.

  • In vitro and animal studies are positive for garcinia as a weight loss aid, but human trials are negative and show no evidence of efficacy.

What Are Dosage of Garcinia?

Dosage of Garcinia:

Suggested Dosing

  • 800-1000 mg standardized extract orally twice daily
  • Standardized extract 50% hydroxycitric acid (HCA): 500 mg four times daily

Dosing Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

  • See "Suggested Dosing"

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Garcinia?

Common Side effects of Garcinia include:

  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth

Serious side effects of garcinia include:

  • Mania (euphoria, delusions, overexcitement, very fast speech, decreased need for sleep, and irritability)

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Garcinia?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider, or pharmacist first.

  • Garcinia has no known severe, serious, moderate, or mild interactions with other drugs.

This information does not contain all possible interactions or adverse effects. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share this information with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your health care professional or doctor for additional medical advice, or if you have health questions, concerns, or for more information about this medicine.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Garcinia?


  • This medication contains garcinia
  • Do not take garcinia if you are allergic to garcinia or any ingredients contained in this drug
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately


  • Hypersensitivity

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information available

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Garcinia?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Garcinia?"


  • None

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • Use garcinia with caution during pregnancy if benefits outweigh risks
  • Animal studies show risk and human studies are not available or neither animal nor human studies were done
  • It is not known if garcinia is excreted in breast milk; use caution if breastfeeding
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