Article Text


Treatment of alcohol-related liver disease with thioctic acid: a six month randomised double-blind trial.
  1. A W Marshall,
  2. R S Graul,
  3. M Y Morgan,
  4. S Sherlock


    A randomised double-blind trial of thioctic acid (alpha-lipoic acid), 300 mg/day versus placebo was carried out in 40 patients with pre-cirrhotic alcohol-related liver disease over a six month period. Twenty patients received the active drug and 20 placebo. Twenty-two of the 40 patients (55%) abstained from alcohol and showed significant improvements (p less than 0.01) in mean values for serum aspartate transaminase, serum glutamyl transpeptidase, and mean corpuscular volume. Seventeen of the 22 (77%) showed overall histological improvement on liver biopsy. The remaining 18 patients (45%) continued to drink but significantly reduced their mean daily alcohol intake (p less than 0.001). No significant changes occurred in their laboratory indices, but five of the 18 (28%) showed overall histological improvement. Changes occurred irrespective of treatment with thioctic acid, which suggested that, over six months, this drug did not influence the course of alcohol-related liver disease.

    Statistics from

    Request permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.