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What are the side effects of taking ALA?

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Side effects from using ALA supplements appear to be rare and mild, such as skin rash. But little is known about the long-term use. And there are no dosage recommendations and little data on the effects of large doses taken over time.

You shouldn't take it if you take insulin or other medications to lower blood sugar. It's possible that it can enhance the effect of these drugs, leading to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Talk to your doctor first.

Pregnant women and children should not take ALA supplements.

From: Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) WebMD Medical Reference

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Linus Pauling Institute: "Lipoic Acid."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Alpha-lipoic acid."

UC Berkeley Wellness Letter: "Alpha Lipoic Acid."

Drugs.com: "Alpha-Lipoic Acid."

How Stuff Works: "Alpha Lipoic Acid and Weight Loss."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Diabetes and CAM: A Focus on Dietary Supplements."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCES:

Linus Pauling Institute: "Lipoic Acid."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Alpha-lipoic acid."

UC Berkeley Wellness Letter: "Alpha Lipoic Acid."

Drugs.com: "Alpha-Lipoic Acid."

How Stuff Works: "Alpha Lipoic Acid and Weight Loss."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Diabetes and CAM: A Focus on Dietary Supplements."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

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