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If I take alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), how much should I take?

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  • Adults (18 years and older):
    • General: Currently there is a lack of consensus on dosage, dose frequency, form of administration, and/or preferred form of alpha-lipoic acid (ALA).
    • Alcoholic liver disease: A dose of 300 milligrams of ALA has been taken by mouth in three divided doses daily for up to 24 weeks.
    • Antioxidant: A dose of 200-1,200 milligrams of ALA has been taken by mouth daily for four weeks to six months. Additionally, 600-1,200 milligrams of ALA has been taken by mouth in two or three divided doses for 3-90 days.
    • Bone density: A dose of 600 milligrams of ALA has been taken by mouth twice daily for 12 months.
    • Cognitive function (HIV): A dose of 600 milligrams of ALA has been taken by mouth twice daily for 10 weeks.
    • Glaucoma (damaged optic nerve): A dose of 150 milligrams of ALA taken by mouth for one month showed improvement over 75 milligrams of ALA taken by mouth for two months.
    • High blood pressure: A dose of 600 milligrams of ALA has been taken by mouth daily for eight weeks.
    • Inflammation: A dose of 300-600 milligrams of ALA has been taken by mouth for up to three months.
    • Kidney disease: A dose of 600 milligrams of ALA has been taken by mouth daily for 8-12 weeks.
    • Migraine: A dose of 600 milligrams of ALA has been taken by mouth daily for three months.
    • Pain (burning mouth syndrome): A daily dose of 200-800 milligrams of ALA has been taken by mouth for up to three months.
    • Peripheral Artery Disease: A dose of 600 milligrams of ALA has been taken by mouth daily in two divided doses for three months.
    • Rheumatoid arthritis: A dose of 300 milligrams of ALA has been taken by mouth three times daily for 12 weeks.
    • Type 2 diabetes: A dose of 300-1,800 milligrams of ALA has been taken by mouth daily for up to two years. Doses of 500-1,000 milligrams of ALA in saline or sodium chloride have been injected into a vein for up to three weeks.
    • Wound Healing (in patients undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy): A dose of 300 milligrams of ALA has been taken by mouth before exposure to oxygen and immediately after therapy. Then, patients took 300 milligrams by mouth twice daily for the next 30 treatments.
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