Aug 28, 2013
Dear Dr. Henry, I might have been your patient, once upon the time. This would have been at Hennipin county Med Cntr. I saw a reference to medications used for Diabetic patients, in treatment of Lipodystrophy. I saw a reference to,German doctors, having used R-ALPHA LIPOIC ACID (R-ALA)to increase insulin sensitivity,in patients with high level of blood sugar. Can you kindly name the available medication in US, if any for this purpose?
| Response from Dr. Henry
Alpha lipoic acid is available over the counter. Effective and safe dose, if any, for use in the setting of HIV-related lipodystrophy and/or to increase insulin sensitivity (the mechanism of action for the diabetes drug metformin) to my knowledge has not been well studied so I cannot make a dose recommendation. KH
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