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alpha-lipoic acid (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking alpha-lipoic acid (Alpha Lipoic, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Alpha-Lipoic-Acid-300)?

Ask a doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider if it is safe for you to use this product if you have:

  • liver disease;
  • kidney disease;
  • diabetes;
  • low blood sugar (hypoglycemia); or
  • a thyroid disorder.

It is not known whether alpha-lipoic acid will harm an unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this product.

Alpha-lipoic acid can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this product without telling your healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without the advice of a doctor.

How should I take alpha-lipoic acid (Alpha Lipoic, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Alpha-Lipoic-Acid-300)?

When considering the use of herbal supplements, seek the advice of your doctor. You may also consider consulting a practitioner who is trained in the use of herbal/health supplements.

If you choose to take alpha-lipoic acid, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider. Do not use more of alpha-lipoic acid than is recommended on the label.

Some brands of alpha-lipoic acid may work best if you take it with food. Check the product label or ask your healthcare provider if you should take alpha-lipoic acid with food.

Your healthcare provider may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. The recommended dietary allowance of alpha-lipoic acid increases with age. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions. You may also consult the National Academy of Sciences "Dietary Reference Intake" or the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Dietary Reference Intake" (formerly "Recommended Daily Allowances" or RDA) listings for more information.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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