Q: Is your group still in existence? Do you have any information on DCA quality since 2018? Have you discovered who is behind "Certified DCA", whether it is really a pharmaceutical grade product, and whether its purity is as they claim? Elizabeth A: Dear Elizabeth, thank you for your email. Yes, our group is still in existence. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been less active lately. We are still following the global situation on DCA manufacturing. Unfortunately, a lot of Sodium dichloroacetate suppliers have remained completely the same or have taken a step back in terms of the quality of their services. Many popular DCA suppliers have abandoned this molecule due to the recent inactivity of clinical trials with Sodium dichloroacetate. This was partly caused by the Corona virus pandemic, since all the attention and funding were redirected towards solving the Covid-19 crisis. Nevertheless, the situation should come back to normal in half a year. We noticed that a lot of previously great DCA sellers have developed problems with their sites, customer service quality and delivering the products on time. Regarding the claims by Certified DCA. Firstly, Sodium dichloroacetate is not registered as a licensed medicine, therefore a pharmaceutical grade product of DCA cannot officially exist. Such claims are false. Secondly, the quality of their product has not changed since the last time we reviewed them. Therefore, we didn't feel the need to update their product review. Lately, their site has been down and it’s not possible to order a new batch of their production. We’ll try to check them whenever it will be possible. Best regards, DCA Guide
Q: Where is this drug made? Where can I get some? Thank you, Maureen R. A: Hello, Maureen. The drug is made in various places. Some manufacture it in China and other suppliers resell it, some produce it in Europe, some of the DCA is made in North America. The quality of each product differs, we recommend you checking all of the available suppliers below: https://www.dcaguide.org/suppliers These are the quality analysis we have done: https://www.dcaguide.org/dca-quality-analysis If you have some understanding of chemistry, you can check out the chemical analysis of each different brand DCA. Anion chromatography charts of every available product: DCA-LAB Sigma-Aldrich Pure DCA Pharma DCA There are some options available on Amazon.com, most of the products here are trustworthy: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dindustrial&field-keywords=dca Avoid buying Sodium dichloroacetate that has a higher impurity percentage as these impurities tend to be harmful and can cause new problems if used for prolonged periods of time. Clean, high-grade DCA can be used for years without any worries, provided that you follow the correct dosing rules and administration times.
Q: How do I store DCA, we are in Texas. Is it adversely affected by exposure to air (the powder) ? Thank you. John K. A: Hello, John. Thank you for your question. The best conditions in which you can keep your DCA bottle or DCA solution once the container is opened should be away from direct sunlight and at cool temperatures (between 4 °C/39°F and 8 °C/46°F). At home, the best place to store your DCA solution would be the fridge. You can also store DCA powder or capsules in a dark cabinet at room temperature (between 20 °C/68°F and 22 °C/72°F). Any DCA product that you keep should be sealed shut as the powder and capsules tend to gather moisture over time which could ruin the product. If your DCA powder or capsule bottle contains a silica gel packet - keep it inside as it will absorb humidity and protect the quality of your DCA. The room air can be bad for your DCA, so we advise you to protect the powder from prolonged exposure to oxygen. If possible, keep the bottle closed when you’re not using it. We hope this answers your question.
is exposed to air? Do you suggest taking metformin together with DCA? Q: Hi. How long can I use DCA after the package has been opened? Does it go out of date quickly when it is exposed to air? Do you suggest taking metformin together with DCA? Thanks, Kristina. A: Hello, dear Kristina. You should try looking for the expiration date on the package of the product you purchased. Typically, if DCA doesn't gather moisture inside, it can be kept for a few years. This is why we advise you to store it somewhere cool. Make sure that the bottle is tightly sealed at all times. Also, the question regarding storage is answered with details in this article: https://www.dcaguide.org/dca-dosage-and-usage-long-guide#How%20to%20store%20DCA? We have observed using metformin + DCA for some time now, it seems that the combination work quite well together. For example, look at this study: Dichloroacetate and metformin synergistically suppress the growth of ovarian cancer cells. Nevertheless, don‘t overdo metformin (not more than 500 mg or 1000 mg daily if you don‘t have diabetes). Also, avoid metformin if you have kidney diseases. If you can‘t tolerate metformin, you can try a natural alternative that has some of its benefits – berberine.