Octacosanol (Herbs/Suppl)

Brand and Other Names:octacosyl alcohol
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Suggested Dosing

Exercise Endurance

1 mg PO qDay

Cholesterol Lowering

10-20 mg PO qDay

Parkinson's Disease

5 mg PO TID with meals

Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

40 mg PO qDay

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Suggested Uses

Enhance physical endurance

Lower cholesterol & increase HDL

Parkinson's Disease

ALS

Efficacy

Small clinical studies suggest some benefit regarding endurance & Parkinson's Disease

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            Adverse Effects

            None reported

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            Warnings

            None

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: N/A

            Lactation: N/A

            Pregnancy Categories

            A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

            B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

            C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

            D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

            X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

            NA:Information not available.

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            Pharmacology

            Absorption: low

            Metabolism: N/A

            Excretion: feces, metabolites in urine

            Mechanism of Action

            Long chain aliphatic alcohol; may improve oxygen utilization by muscle cells, lower lactic acid accumulation during exercise

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