- What other names is Octacosanol known by?
- What is Octacosanol?
- How does Octacosanol work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Octacosanol.
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.
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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.
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).
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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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011