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What is Coenzyme Q10 used for?

Coenzyme Q10 is used to treat congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, periodontal disease, Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes, muscular dystrophy, and Huntington's disease. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Coenzyme Q10?

The dosage of Coenzyme Q10 prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Coenzyme Q10?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Coenzyme Q10 medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Coenzyme Q10?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Coenzyme Q10, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Coenzyme Q10?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Coenzyme Q10.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Coenzyme Q10, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Coenzyme Q10 can interact with blood thinners and diabetes medications.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Coenzyme Q10?

Like other medicines, Coenzyme Q10 can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Coenzyme Q10 are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Coenzyme Q10 cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Coenzyme Q10 develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Coenzyme Q10 can cause side effects such as diarrhea, loss of appetite, and nausea. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Coenzyme Q10.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Coenzyme Q10?

Is it possible for me to take Coenzyme Q10 with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Coenzyme Q10?
What are the possible drug interactions of Coenzyme Q10?
How will Coenzyme Q10 work in my body?
How should Coenzyme Q10 be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Coenzyme Q10 drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Coenzyme Q10 is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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