19 patient evaluations for Alpha Lipoic Acid

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Jul 7, 2017 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Alpha-lipoic acid, the universal antioxidant, consists of two different forms (isomers) — R and S — that have vastly different properties. The “R” form is the biologically active component (native to the body) that is responsible for lipoic acid's phenomenal antioxidant effect.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Oct 5, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Twice daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 1, 2017 (Started Jun 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Support brain health)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Chelation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Quack, quack!
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Nov 1, 2015 (Started Jun 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Support brain health)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Chelation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Don't bother.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Mar 8, 2012 (Started Jun 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Neuroprotection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 19, 2015 (Started May 12, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily

Oct 29, 2013 (Started May 12, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 26, 2015 (Started Jun 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Suprised me. Makes getting up in the morning easier.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 11, 2013 (Started Sep 25, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 4, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take this mostly every day. It is difficult for me to say this drug does anything specific. I know it is an antioxidant that naturally occurs in the body and is used in respiration. I find that I am less tired when I take this drug. For more information visit this website for the exact form I take: http://www.lef.org/Vitamins-Supplements/Item01208/Super-R-Lipoic-Acid.html 16777216
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 8, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am currently trying this naturally occurring, but synthetically produced drug. I haven't taken this long enough to see any definite positive effects toward MS symptoms. I don't have symptoms of MS often enough to make a definite correlation anyway. It seems to have made it more easy to stay up late, without feeling tired or becoming sluggish. This supplement (not a vitamin) is crucial to chemical respiration, recommended for MS by holistic doctors in MS society magazines, it has been shown to be at low levels in people suffering from conic illness. I don't believe it has any negative symptoms, but take at your own risk not evaluated by the FDA.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 13, 2012 (Started Sep 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for heavy metal toxicity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 15, 2012 (Started Jan 22, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 23, 2009 (Started Jan 22, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 30, 2011 (Started Sep 27, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for peripheral neuropathy in hands and feet)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It's possible that the numbness in my fingertips eased slightly while I was taking a-lipoic acid, but such easing could just as well have happened on its own. Can't say anything conclusive about efficacy of the treatment.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 9, 2011 (Started Sep 27, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for peripheral neuropathy in hands and feet)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: There has been one small study of colon cancer patients with peripheral neuropathy caused by oxaliplatin. Some of the participants noticed an improvement in their symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid counteracts the effect of some chemo drugs, notably 5-FU. If my doc starts me back up on Xeloda, I'll likely have to stop the alpha lipoic acid.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 12, 2011 (Started Dec 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It is an inexpensive treatment that is easy to take (1 pill a day). I didn't notice any difference one way or the other. I decided since I saw no benefit that I would try to find better use for the money.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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