Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Also known by these names

  • 1,2-Dithiolane-3-pentanoic acid
  • α-lipoic acid
  • Alpha lipoic acid
  • ALA
  • Lipoate
  • Lipoic acid
  • Thioctan
  • Thioctic acid

BCCT plans to write a summary on alpha-lipoic acid. While our summary is in development, you can visit About Herbs: Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Before using this therapy, consult your oncology team about interactions with other treatments and therapies. Also make sure this therapy is safe for use with any other medical conditions you may have.


Alpha-lipoic acid may cause hypoglycemia that can be compounded if you are on medication that reduces blood sugar. Refer to the About Herbs summary on Alpha-Lipoic Acid for more information.  


BCCT does not recommend therapies or doses, but only provides information for patients and providers to consider as part of a complete treatment plan. Patients should discuss therapies with their physicians, as contraindications, interactions and side effects must be evaluated.

Dosage recommendations are available from these sources:

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