Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 106 31
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 102 37
Multiple sclerosis 59 29
Parkinson's disease 16 10
Fatigue 14 4
Support nutritional health 13 2

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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 4
Mild 11
None 140

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alpha Lipoic Acid

Side effect Patients
Abnormal urine smell 2
Headaches 2
Nausea 2
Acid reflux 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 10
100 mg daily 8
300 mg daily 7
200 mg daily 4
1,200 mg daily 4
50 mg daily 3
400 mg daily 3
600 mg twice daily 3
daily 3
50 mg twice 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 64
Other 38
Expense 21
Personal research 8
Side effects too severe 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Doctor's advice 3
See all 132 patients who've stopped taking Alpha Lipoic Acid

Duration

Currently taking Alpha Lipoic Acid

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Alpha Lipoic Acid

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 45
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 99
Usually 37
Sometimes 13
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 37
Not at all hard to take 108
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 1
$50-99 8
$25-49 13
< $25 63
Not specified 67
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19 patient evaluations for Alpha Lipoic Acid

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)
  • 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)
  • 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
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