Inosine is a compound in the body that helps create energy. It has been used to improve athletic performance and heart function. Inosine can be taken as a pill.
2 to 4 grams once daily
What Research Shows
Not Enough Data to Assess
- Multiple sclerosis A1-A3
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It is likely safe for most adults to take inosine in small doses for a short time, but kidney stones are possible. B1 Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to take for a long period. It is also not known whether it is safe to take by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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A. Multiple Sclerosis
A1. Markowitz CE, Spitsin S, et al. The treatment of multiple sclerosis with inosine. J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Jun;15(6):619-625.
A2. Gonsette RE, Sindic C, et al. Boosting endogenous neuroprotection in multiple sclerosis: the Association of Inosine and Interferon beta in relapsing- remitting Multiple Sclerosis (ASIIMS) trial. Mult Scler. 2010 Apr;16(4):455-462.
A3. Muñoz García D, Midaglia L, et al. Associated Inosine to interferon: results of a clinical trial in multiple sclerosis. Acta Neurol Scand. 2015 Jun;131(6):405-410.
B1. Markowitz CE, Spitsin S, et al. The treatment of multiple sclerosis with inosine. J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Jun;15(6):619-625.
Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC Last Updated: 5/27/2020