What is R-lipoic Acid?

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Generic name: Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha-lipoic acid consists of two different forms (isomers) 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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 5 5
General health 3 1
Multiple sclerosis 2 1
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 1 0
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 1 0
Ventricular septal defect 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 0
None 7

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with R-lipoic Acid

Side effect Patients
Headaches 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking R-lipoic Acid

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 1
50 mg twice daily 1
200 mg daily 1
100 mg three times daily 1
300 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking R-lipoic Acid

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 2
Other 2
See all 4 patients who've stopped taking R-lipoic Acid

Duration

Currently taking R-lipoic Acid

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4

Stopped taking R-lipoic Acid

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 5
Usually 1
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 1
Not specified 4
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1 patient evaluation for R-lipoic Acid

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

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