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Brand Names: Alpha Lipoic, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Alpha-Lipoic-Acid-300

Generic Name: alpha-lipoic acid (Pronunciation: AL fa lye POE ik AS id)

What is alpha-lipoic acid (Alpha Lipoic, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Alpha-Lipoic-Acid-300)?

Alpha-lipoic acid is a naturally occurring fatty acid that can be found in many foods such as yeast, spinach, broccoli, potatoes, and organ meats such as liver or kidney.

Alpha-lipoic acid has been used as a nutritional supplement and antioxidant.

Not all uses for alpha-lipoic acid have been approved by the FDA. Alpha-lipoic acid should not be substituted for medications prescribed for you by your doctor.

Alpha-lipoic acid is often sold as an herbal supplement. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Alpha-lipoic acid may also be used for purposes not listed in this product guide.

What are the possible side effects of alpha-lipoic acid (Alpha Lipoic, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Alpha-Lipoic-Acid-300)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of these signs of low blood sugar while taking alpha-lipoic acid:

  • hunger, weakness, nausea, irritability, tremors;
  • drowsiness, dizziness, headache, blurred vision;
  • confusion, trouble concentrating;
  • sweating, fast heart rate; or
  • feeling like you might pass out.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • upset stomach;
  • numbness or tingly feeling;
  • dizziness, tired feeling;
  • headache, muscle cramps; or
  • mild skin rash.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about alpha-lipoic acid (Alpha Lipoic, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Alpha-Lipoic-Acid-300)?

Not all uses for alpha-lipoic acid have been approved by the FDA. Alpha-lipoic acid should not be substituted for medications prescribed for you by your doctor.

Alpha-lipoic acid is often sold as an herbal supplement. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Talk with a doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider before using alpha-lipoic acid if you have kidney or liver disease, diabetes, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), or a thyroid disorder.

Use alpha-lipoic acid as directed on the label, or as your healthcare provider has prescribed. Do not use this product in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Taking alpha-lipoic acid may lower your blood sugar. Tell your doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider if you have symptoms such as hunger, weakness, nausea, irritability, dizziness, headache, blurred vision, confusion, sweating, fast heart rate, or fainting.

Less serious side effects are more likely to occur, and you may have none at all.



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