Medicines & Supplements A to Z > MCT


Last updated on 19/10/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Medium Chain Triglyceride

CHINESE NAME: 中鏈三酸甘油脂 / 中鏈甘油三酯油 / 中鏈脂肪酸油

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: California Gold Nutrition

DRUG CLASS: Supplements

SUB CLASS: Dietary Supplements

USED FOR: Weight management, Energy boosting


What is MCT for?

MCT is known as Medium Chain Triglyceride, which is a type of fat extracted from coconut or palm kernel oil. The way it is extracted is through a process of fractionation to separate MCT from the original oil. It is believed that MCT can help with weight management and provide extra energy from body cholesterol for exercise. Nowadays, many people are incorporating MCT into their daily routine, for example in coffee and breakfast.

How to use it?

MCT is commonly available as capsules or oral syrups. The recommended daily dosage for syrup is 15 ml daily. For other formulations, please refer to specific product instructions.

What are the side effects of MCT?

Common side effects of MCT include stomach discomfort, nausea, diarrhoea and bloating.

Who should not take MCT?

People who are allergic to MCT or any component of the formulation.

Pharmacist Tips:

– It is yet to have scientifically proven result to say MCT that it can cause weight loss, and therefore cannot be used as the sole treatment for weight management
– There is still ongoing study on whether MCT helps with boosting energy.

Common dosing schedule:
MCT should be taken 15ml once daily.

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

Some common medications MCT may interact with:
No known significant interactions.

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

Where to buy MCT in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, MCT 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 MCT 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.