Reviewed on 8/19/2021

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 enhancing physical endurance, lowering cholesterol and increase HDL, and treating Parkinson's disease and ALS.

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

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

What Are the Dosages of Octacosanol?

Dosages of Octacosanol:

  • See package label

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Suggested Dosing

Exercise Endurance

  • 1 mg orally once daily


  • 10-20 mg orally once daily

Parkinson's Disease

  • 5 mg orally three times daily with meals

Amyotrophic 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.

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?


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.


  • None.

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information is 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?"


  • None.

Pregnancy and Lactation

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


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