Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Essentiale


Last updated on 02/08/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Essential phospholipid

CHINESE NAME: 健肝素, 肝內磷脂

DRUG CLASS: Supplements

SUB CLASS: Dietary supplements

USED FOR:  Liver health

– 300mg (capsules)

What is Essentiale?

Essentiale contains essential phospholipids (EPLs). Some studies claimed that dietary EPLs can improve some diseases without triggering serious side effects. They were said to decrease side effects of some medications. Preliminary studies suggest that the type of EPLs is important, but this remains to be confirmed.

How to use it?

Essentiale is available as oral capsules. It does not differ much whether it is taken with or without food.

Fatty Liver or Liver Impairment
Child above 12 years of age, adult and elderly
2 tablets, 3 times daily.

EPL supplementation
Child above 12 years of age, adult and elderly
2 tablets, once daily.

What are the side effects of Essentiale?

Common side effects of Essentiale include gastrointestinal discomfort.

Who should not take Essentiale?

– People who are allergic to soya-bean products or any components of the formulation.
– Pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Pharmacist Tips:

– Taking an excessive dose may increase the exposure to side effects.
– Although it is available over the counter, it is advised to consult your medical professional if you believe that you have liver impairment.
– The effect of Essentiale as a supplement is not fully understood.
– Essentiale should be taken for the long-term for a better effect.

Common dosing schedule:
2 tablets, once or 3 times daily.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Essentiale may interact with:
There are no reported drug interactions. 

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Essentiale in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Essentiale is an over-the-counter supplement and can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Essentiale in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.