Octacosanol

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What other names is Octacosanol known by?

1-Octacosanol, Hexacosanol (26-C), N-octacosanol, Octacosyl Alcohol, Tetracosanol (24-C), Tétracosanol (24-C), Triacontanol (30-C).

What is Octacosanol?

Octacosanol is a chemical found in a variety of plants, including sugar cane and wheat germ oil. It is chemically similar to vitamin E.

Octacosanol is used to improve exercise performance including strength, stamina, and reaction time. It is also used for herpes infections, skin diseases, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease), high cholesterol, and "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis).

Be careful not to confuse octacosanol with policosanol.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease). Early research suggests that octacosanol does not improve symptoms of ALS.
  • Parkinson's disease. Developing research suggests that octacosanol might improve symptoms in some people with Parkinson's disease.
  • Improving athletic performance including strength, stamina, and reaction time.
  • Herpes infections.
  • Skin diseases.
  • High cholesterol.
  • "Hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of octacosanol for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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How does Octacosanol work?

Octacosanol might help improve the way our body uses oxygen.

Are there safety concerns?

There is not enough information to know if octacosanol is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of octacosanol during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Parkinson's disease: Octacosanol might make some symptoms of Parkinson's disease worse if it is used with the Parkinson's disease medication levodopa/carbidopa. Don't use this combination.

Are there any interactions with medications?



Levodopa/Carbidopa (Sinemet)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

Levodopa/carbidopa (Sinemet) is used for Parkinson's disease. Taking octacosanol along with levodopa/carbidopa (Sinemet) might make Parkinson's disease symptoms worse. Do not take octacosanol if you are taking levodopa/carbidopa (Sinemet).

Dosing considerations for Octacosanol.

The appropriate dose of octacosanol depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for octacosanol. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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