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User Reviews for Alpha-lipoic acid

Also known as: Alpha-Lipoic-Acid-300

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Reviews for Alpha-lipoic acid

Joyce · Taken for less than 1 month March 21, 2021

Alpha-Lipoic-Acid-300 (alpha-lipoic acid) for Dietary Supplementation: “I took 600mg the first day. All pain in feet , leg cramps and carpal tunnel left. Next day I needed to dose again but no symptoms even while sleeping which was so painful. I use it on a as needed basis. My capsules are 300 each. Total daily dose, 600.”

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fromthemomma February 28, 2021

For Dietary Supplementation: “I've taken 600 mg. stabalized R-Lipoic Acid since 2009 for tingling in arms and legs (Paresthesia). My Neurologist and Internist both told me to get stablized and make sure it is R, not S or S/R. It was that or Gabapentin. After discussing those options with my doctors I chose ALA and never looked back. I take two 300 mg. capsules as needed. The ALA gets into your system and stops the tingling, prickling when it does. I can go a week or 2 off of it because the symptoms go away and I forget about taking it, but when it completely leaves my system the tingling restarts so I get back on it and within a day or so the tingling is gone again. The capsules are large so either eat before taking or drink plenty of water afterwards or your stomach can feel like it's burning.”

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Nicki · Taken for 10 years or more April 4, 2021

For Dietary Supplementation: “I've been taking 600 - 1200 mg of high quality R-ALA stablized for over 10 years for tingling in my limbs. Works like a charm and sure beats taking Gabapentin. Any hair loss I've had was due to normal shedding, not getting enough protein in my diet or not taking a multi vitamin with Biotin in them. I've always shed hair once a year prior to starting R-ALA stablized and it's minimal. If I don't get at least 80 - 90 grams of protein on a regular basis I can also start losing hair, each person has their own amount of protein that they need and it's easy to figure out how many grams you need. A body needs protein and Biotin with or without R-ALA stablized according to my Nutritionist and Internist. I can't blame my hair loss on Alpha Lipoic Acid as some hair loss was normal for me prior to starting it. I've had issues with my nails breaking, I added a high dose of sublingual Biotin and my nails and hair started growing like crazy. Worth a try.”

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Xx · Taken for 1 to 2 years May 26, 2020

For Dietary Supplementation: “I have been taking Alpha Lipoec Acid, 1200mg a day for a year now for nerve damage. It has been amazing with minimizing my pain. I have however started loosening heaps of hair. The hair loss is really bad. Im going to try and take Biotin with it to see if it helps. I cannot understand how the manufacturer of this amazing product cannot take something out of the product or add something to prevent hair loss.”

5 / 10
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JC48 October 23, 2009

For Dietary Supplementation: “I have begun losing my hair, and when I searched for "hair loss and alpha-lipoic acid (ALA)", I learned that ALA absorbs all your biotin. Thus, when a persons takes it on a regular basis, they should be ingesting it with Biotin as well. If there are a few of us coming forward on this, I am sure there are many more who are out there and developing this problem. I did appreciate the usefulness of ALA with my rosacea, and it has helped alleviate those problems; now, I just hope that taking biotin, will bring back my hair.”

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Alpha · Taken for 1 to 2 years November 20, 2020

For Dietary Supplementation: “I have been taking Alpha Lipoec Acid for about a year and a half. The last couple of months my hair has started falling out so much. It has got really thin. I googled and found so many people having the same problem due to taking Alpha Lipoec Acid. I contacted the manufacturer and they said that they have not heard of lipoic acid causing hair loss. This totally shocks me as SO MANY PEOPLE are all saying it does. If their product causes hair loss don't deny it, fix your product to not cause hair loss. Surely these manufacturers are able to change their product to not cause hair loss. I will rather find something else to take that does not cause hair loss.”

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KC · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 12, 2020

For Dietary Supplementation: “Experienced tremendous hair loss and only recently put this together timing wise for when I started taking Alpha Lipoic daily. No other side effects noticed but the hair loss has been very significant.”

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Jeans · Taken for 6 months to 1 year July 29, 2020

For Dietary Supplementation: “Had terrible heartburn, but was told reflux (only had heartburn with my 4 pregnancies). Slowly starting losing hair thought, ok going thru early menopause! Or the old saying, “ your stressed”! Never dawned on me to check out my supplements that my pain management doc recommended 6 months ago! The past month I’ve been losing so much hair, that now I am feeling stressed. Thank you for the previous reviews!!! I’m stopping and I’ll figure something else out.”

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1234 · Taken for 1 to 2 years November 10, 2020

For Dietary Supplementation: “I have been taking Lipoec Acid for a year or so. It has helped me so much with nerve damage. But the last 6 months I have had so much hair loss. It is really bad. My hair has got so thin. I will stop taking Lipoec Acid. It's not worth losing all my hair. I will rather find another supplement that will help with nerve pain and not have the awful side effect of hair loss”

5 / 10
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Gurigill May 28, 2021

For Dietary Supplementation: “I've been taking alpha lipoic acid for a week now for tingling pain and odd sensations in my body. I don't see the results yet since it's been only a week but I have something to share about the acid reflux issue most of us are facing. I started with spring Valley's ALA and it gave me crazy heartburn. Even my throat could feel the hot burning feeling. Then I switched to Natrol-time release capsules and no heartburn or acid reflux whatsoever. I ordered it from Amazon but may be local stores carry it too. I bet there are more time release ALA options in the market.”

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Nona October 8, 2021

For Dietary Supplementation: “I’ve tried taking ALA on 2 different occasions. The first time, I took for about a month. The second time for a week. Both times, same symptoms. Still much burning in throat (although I was prescribed ALA for burning mouth syndrome) and it made my stomach hurt and bloat. No more!”

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Tori · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 11, 2019

For Dietary Supplementation: “I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and was constantly in pain. I also had brain fog and was constantly fatigued. I was diagnosed a month ago and just heard of fibromyalgia. So I googled remedies and read an article about ALA. I did reviews and saw ppl take with biotin. So Ive been taking both for a month now. I have lost 10 pounds. Have more energy. I do get acid reflux and yesterday I had this horrible more painful than acid reflux in my throat. I ate a banana and took omeprazole and it went away. But other than the reflex it has been great for me. I feel my memory has been approving to.”

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MD STUDENT November 22, 2009

For Dietary Supplementation: “I suffer from Neuropathic pain (Neuropathy) for the past 11 years, with severe implications. I've been taking 600mg/day of ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid) for the past 2 years (23 months). I've enjoyed noticeable IMPROVEMENT as I was also treated with HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) in the past year. I keep a daily symptom chart journal. (The HBOT was conducted as a preTrial to find if there's a possibility for improvement/cure of different Neuropathies and a reason to conduct a full scale trial.) My Improvement started before the HBOT, and increased during. Pain levels are about 35%-40% less than before!”

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Belle · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 14, 2020

For Dietary Supplementation: “Must be taken after a meal...to avoid upset. I’ve been taking alpha lipoic for awhile and in the last 3 months my hair starting falling out and really thinning. I’m reviewing every supplement for effects. Looks like this is it....AND I did change brands. Stopped twice a day dose and going to every other day AND adding Biotin to see IF hair stops falling out and hair starts growing back. Will weigh benefits versus hair loss which is costly to address.”

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jd May 2, 2021

For Dietary Supplementation: “Started taking 600mg of ALA daily about a month ago and ended up in ER with a horrific itching rash, with blistering hives, all over. Drove to ER when the rash moved towards my eyes. Was given IV of a Benadryl cocktail. Luckily ALA reaction didn't effect my throat. Three days later and still taking over the counter Benadryl. This sucks cause I was liking the effects but must stop ALA immediately or I will scratch all the skin off my body. Pity.”

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PinColorado · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 12, 2021

For Dietary Supplementation: “I've been taking 300 mg of ALA for over a year, no weird side effects. Drops my morning glucose reading by a good 10 to 20 points when I take it. Recently added another capsule with dinner, pleasantly surprised by a lower morning glucose reading. Hair loss? Since I've been on blood pressure meds, common for the one I take, not blaming it on ALA because of that.”

10 / 10
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Best Nana · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 30, 2018

“I started taking the Alpha Liptic Acid at the request of my orthopedic doctor for neuropathy and the spinal pain I have. The first 3 weeks it was awesome and really helped with my all over body pain. I thought I had found a miracle drug. Then my appetite increased to the point, all I wanted to do was eat 24 / 7 and sweets, like my brain was constantly saying eat. Then my mouth broke out in canker sores. It felt like razor blades in my mouth when I ate or drank anything. I stopped the ALA. It took about 4 weeks for my mouth to clear up. I was not sure the ALA had caused this. So I waited another month and started the ALA and within two days the hunger returned and my mouth became sore and the third day I had a canker sore. I stopped taking the ALA and it's been 8 months and haven't had the constant hunger and no mouth sores. While it really relieved my body pain, the side effects of hunger and mouth sores are not worth it.”

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Kathleen · Taken for less than 1 month September 29, 2019

For Dietary Supplementation: “Twice now I have started vomiting after taking 600 mg alpha-lipoic acid forPeripheral neuropathy. This last time I experienced severe burning in my throat up thru my nose along with vomiting and the burning continued for more than 6 hours!”

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JB from CT · Taken for less than 1 month November 24, 2020

For Dietary Supplementation: “I took OTC 600mg a couple of times during the day and found it gave me a strange sensation, feeling flushed and warm. So I stopped. A week or so later I read that you should take it before bed, so I took it 3 or 4 nights in a row. Right away I started to sleep great, my IBS seemed to calm down, my morning constitutional was solid and complete. On day 4, I had some significant acid reflux overnight. The next day or two, I started to get throat pain when eating. It felt like I had cuts in my throat. I looked closely and there were about 5 or 6 little open sores on my tonsils. I immediately thought I had strep throat. For some reason I googled ALA side effects and saw that some people get mouth sores from it. So I've stopped taking it and now I'm gargling with salt and baking soda trying to calm down my tonsils. It still hurts, I hope it's not strep.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 2 years December 29, 2013

For Dietary Supplementation: “I lose weight gradually, and my metabolism increase. I started taking this supplement while watching Dr. Oz show and his father in-law a cardiologist recommend to take 600 MG a day. I been taking this supplement almost a year now.”

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tf November 6, 2020

For Dietary Supplementation: “Read reviews about ALA causing hair loss. Neurologist wants me to take 600mg. Decided hair loss was not good, but internist said try just 200mg. I took that amount tonight, and woke up with itching all over my body. I am sitting here at the computer at 1:30 in the am and looked up side effects. I also just took a Benadryl and itching is subsiding. No ALA for me.”

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Anonymous October 6, 2021

Alpha-Lipoic-Acid-300 (alpha-lipoic acid) for Dietary Supplementation: “I took a total of 400-600 mgs daily for burning mouth syndrome. After a month the pain was still present and my stomach was bloated. Needless to say, I was very constipated. I'm reducing my dose drastically because the BMS pain is so bad and I’m searching for relief. I’ve been prescribed the really strong meds but prefer a more natural route if possible. I do believe ALA helps certain people but in my case idk!! Anyone else used it for BMS?”

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Ken · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 5, 2020

Alpha-Lipoic-Acid-300 (alpha-lipoic acid) for Dietary Supplementation: “AlA has stoped the tingling in my lower legs. I had ben having electrical like tingling in lower legs in various places. ALA has nearly stop this condition.”

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Bee April 17, 2020

Alpha-Lipoic-Acid-300 (alpha-lipoic acid) for Dietary Supplementation: “My feet would feel like I had ants biting them And hard to walk! Since I’ve been on ALA That has all stopped.”

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Moon Dance · Taken for less than 1 month June 25, 2020

Alpha-Lipoic-Acid-300 (alpha-lipoic acid) for Dietary Supplementation: “ALA made me nauseous, pain in feet worse, red skin on face, low blood sugar.”

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