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Octacosanol

Brand Name and Other Names: Octacosyl Alcohol

Generic Name: Octacosanol

Drug Class: Adaptogens, Herbals

What Is Octacosanol Used For and How Does it Work?

Octacosanol suggested uses include to enhance physical endurance, to lower cholesterol and increase HDL, and to treat Parkinson's disease and ALS.

Small clinical studies suggest some benefit of octacosanol regarding endurance and Parkinson's disease.

Octacosanol is available under the following different brand and other names: octacosyl alcohol.

Dosages of Octacosanol:

  • See package label

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Suggested Dosing

Exercise Endurance

  • 1 mg orally once daily

Cholesterol Lowering

  • 10-20 mg orally once daily

Parkinson's Disease

  • 5 mg orally three times daily with meals

Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

  • 40 mg orally once daily

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What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Octacosanol?

Side effects of Octacosanol include:

  • Octacosanol has no reported side effects.

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Octacosanol?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.

Octacosanol has no listed severe interactions with other drugs.

Octacosanol has no listed serious interactions with other drugs.

Octacosanol has no listed moderate interactions with other drugs.

Octacosanol has mild interactions with at least 74 different drugs.

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This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Octacosanol?

Warnings

This medication contains octacosanol. Do not take octacosyl alcohol if you are allergic to octacosanol or any ingredients contained in this drug.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

Contraindications

  • None.

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information available.

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Octacosanol?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Octacosanol?"

Cautions

  • None.

Pregnancy and Lactation

There is no information available on use of octacosanol during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Consult your doctor.

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Reviewed on 1/8/2020
References
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/octacosyl-alcohol-octacosanol-344625
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