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elevated lactic acid levels
Aug 25, 2000

Dear Doctors,

I recently was told that I have elevated lactic acid levels and should when I am more stable change some of my medications. I am going on an extended trip to Holland, four months and will not be able to switch until I return. My question is, is there anything I can do in the mean time to help my lactic acid levels to not increase? He mentioned Co-Q 10, riboflavin and L-Carnitine but no ammounts or wether all three need to be done simultaneously. Any help would be greatly appreciatied. Thank you, Todd Meszaros cannaboy@msn.com

Response from Dr. Henry

The following doses are in common use in the community (not supported by firm data):

co-enzyme Q 30 mg BID

N-acetyl cysteine 500 mg BID (twice a day)

L-carnitine 500 mg once or twice a day

riboflavin (vitamin B2) 50-100 mg/day

if you are in any way symptomatic (nausea, vomiting, bloating) or have increased liver enzymes then I would be more worried. Repeating the lactic acid under optimal conditions (no exercise for 6-12 hours before hand) is also recommended. Good luck. Keith Henry, M.D.



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