Side Effects of Caprylic Acid

Updated February 21, 2017

Caprylic acid is a naturally occurring fatty acid found in coconut and palm oils. It is often used to treat yeast and bacterial infections. Side effects of caprylic acid can be unpleasant and range from mild to severe.


Side effects of caprylic acid can cause dehydration as a result of vomiting and diarrhoea. Other side effects include nausea, bloating, constipation, heartburn, indigestion and belching.

Time Frame

Side effects of caprylic acid remain present until the supplement is discontinued. Although side effects can be managed, only complete abstinence will end side effects.


There is no prevention for side effects of caprylic acid, however, medically treating the side effects of caprylic acid can afford a solution. The physician should be notified when symptoms become severe or intractable.


Since side effects of caprylic acid can be severe, discussing alternative treatments with the physician may avoid unpleasant adverse reactions. No parameters for safe doses have been established.


Although side effects of caprylic acid can be unpleasant, it may be useful in the treatment of seizures if used in accordance with a physician knowledgeable in the uses of this supplement.

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Meadow Milano has been a registered nurse for over 20 years, with extensive experience in emergency nursing, labor and delivery and general medicine. She has written numerous articles for nursing publications pertaining to health and medicine, and enjoys teaching in the clinical setting.