Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a fatty acid that occurs naturally in the body. ALA is often referred to as the “universal antioxidant.” It supports vital functions at the cellular level, such as producing energy and protecting your cells from damage. The body has the ability to produce ALA. It is also found in dietary sources, such as red meat, organ meat (liver, heart, kidney, etc.), broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, brussels sprouts, and yeast. Once administered, ALA is readily absorbed and distributed throughout all major organs.
Alpha lipoic acid strengthens the body’s defenses by recycling and enhancing other antioxidants in the body, such as vitamins C and E, coenzyme Q10, and glutathione. ALA works in the mitochondria and is a vital part of the conversion of glucose to energy. Glucose requires insulin to get into cells. ALA mimics insulin, improving both glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity. This simply means that more glucose is transported into the cells rather than being stored as fat. ALA also improves the conversion of carbohydrates to energy, which reduces the amounts available to be converted to fats.
Side Effects of Alpha Lipoic Acid
Although not all side effects are known, alpha lipoic acid is thought to be possibly safe when taken as directed.
Stop using ALA and call your doctor right away if you experience any:
- – Low blood sugar indicated by headache, hunger, weakness, sweating, confusion, irritability, dizziness, tachycardia (fast heart rate), or feeling jittery
- – Light-headedness
Some common side effects include:
- – Nausea
- – Skin rash
- – Itching
- – Abdominal pain
- – Vomiting
- – Diarrhea
Dosage, Concentration, Route of Administration
Dosage: Seek advice from a licensed physician, medical director, or other healthcare provider.
Concentration: 25mg/ml Route of Administration:
For IV Injection only
Store at controlled room temperature. Protect from light.
As with any medication, it is important to always speak with your doctor before taking it. If you have any further questions, contact Olympia Compounding Pharmacy at 407-673-2222.
This product is available at our 503A/503B pharmacy.
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