Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 106 27
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 99 29
Multiple Sclerosis 52 24
Parkinson's Disease 16 8
Fatigue 14 4
Support nutritional health 11 0

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 3
Mild 8
None 119

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alpha Lipoic Acid

Side effect Patients
Headaches 2
Urine smell abnormal 2
Acid reflux 1
Affects memory 1
Anxious mood 1
Autonomic Neuropathy 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alpha Lipoic Acid

Dosage Patients
600 mg daily 11
300 mg daily 8
100 mg daily 6
200 mg daily 4
400 mg daily 3
daily 2
1 capsule(s) three times daily 2
50 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Alpha Lipoic Acid

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 58
Other 37
Expense 19
Personal research 8
Doctor's advice 4
Side effects too severe 3
Course of treatment ended 2
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Duration

Currently taking Alpha Lipoic Acid

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Alpha Lipoic Acid

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 40
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 25
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 79
Usually 33
Sometimes 13
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 32
Not at all hard to take 89
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 1
$50-99 4
$25-49 8
< $25 58
Not specified 56
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20 patient evaluations for Alpha Lipoic Acid

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msims1963
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msims1963
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Oct 5, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (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
Dawn Angel
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Dawn Angel
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: n
I have:
Parkinson's

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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
westchester
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westchester
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: Mild
Cognition: mild
Vision: none
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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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
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