Alpha lipoic acid is a vitamin-like substance that helps to make energy in your body. As an antioxidant, it is used to treat acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Alpha lipoic acid may also be used to treat diabetes and burning mouth syndrome.
Other names for alpha lipoic acid include: ALA, lipoic acid, and thioctic acid.
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Tell your doctor if you
Talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse about how much alpha lipoic acid you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking alpha lipoic acid. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the label. Do not take more alpha lipoic acid or take it more often than what is written on the directions.
Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.
Do not take alpha lipoic acid without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:
Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects.
This medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.
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