Medium Chain Triglycerides

Table of contents

  • Brand Names
  • Drug Combinations
  • Pharmacologic Category
  • Mechanism of Action
  • Therapeutic Use
  • Adverse Reactions
  • Dosage
  • Special Considerations

Brand Names

North America

Canada: MCT Oil; USA: MCT Oil.

Drug combinations

Medium Chain Triglycerides and Soybean Oil


Pharmacologic Category

Nutritional Supplements. (ATC-Code: V06DX).

Mechanism of action

Water-soluble saturated fatty acids. Once taken up by liver, used for metabolic energy before being stored.

Therapeutic use

Dietary supplement for those who cannot digest long chain fats. Malabsorption associated with disorders such as pancreatic insufficiency, bile salt deficiency, short bowel syndrome, and bacterial overgrowth of small bowel. Induce ketosis as prevention for seizures.

Pregnancy and lactiation implications

Unlabeled use


Warnings and precautions



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