What is Ubiquinone used for?
Ubiquinone is commonly used in alternative medicine as a likely effective aid in treating coenzyme Q-10 deficiency, or reducing the symptoms of mitochondrial disorders (conditions that affect energy-production in the cells of the body).
Ubiquinone is also possibly effective in preventing migraine headaches, lowering blood pressure, preventing a second heart attack, or slowing the progression of early Parkinson’s disease. Ubiquinone is also possibly effective in improving symptoms in people with congestive heart failure, nerve problems caused by diabetes, Huntington’s disease, muscular dystrophy, or macular degeneration (age-related vision loss).
Ubiquinone has also been used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, high cholesterol, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). However, research has shown that ubiquinone may not be effective in treating these conditions.
Research also has shown that ubiquinone is not likely to be effective in increasing athletic performance.
Other uses not proven with research have included treating asthma, COPD, cancer, diabetes, certain heart problems, fibromyalgia, hepatitis C, kidney problems, high blood pressure during pregnancy, muscle problems caused by taking “statin” cholesterol medicine, and other conditions.
Ubiquinone is often sold as an herbal supplement. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.
How should I take Ubiquinone?
When considering the use of herbal supplements, seek the advice of your doctor. You may also consider consulting a practitioner who is trained in the use of herbal/health supplements.
If you choose to use ubiquinone, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider. Do not use more of this product than is recommended on the label.
Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
To take the disintegrating tablet, use dry hands to remove the tablet from the package, and place it in your mouth. It will begin to dissolve right away. Do not swallow the tablet whole. Allow it to dissolve in your mouth without chewing.
Do not use different forms of ubiquinone at the same time without medical advice. Using different formulations together increases the risk of an overdose.
Your blood pressure may need to be checked while you are taking ubiquinone.
If you need surgery, stop taking ubiquinone at least 2 weeks ahead of time.
How do I store Ubiquinone?
Ubiquinone is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Ubiquinone in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Ubiquinone that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Ubiquinone down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Ubiquinone?
Before using ubiquinone, talk to your healthcare provider. You may not be able to use ubiquinone if you have certain medical conditions, especially:
- High or low blood pressure;
- If you are receiving chemotherapy; or
- If you smoke.
Ubiquinone is considered possibly safe to use during pregnancy. However, do not use this product without medical advice if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether ubiquinone passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this product without medical advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without a doctor’s advice.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Ubiquinone during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this Ubiquinone. This Ubiquinone is pregnancy risk category N according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk,
- B=No risk in some studies,
- C=There may be some risk,
- D=Positive evidence of risk,
What side effects can occur from Ubiquinone?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Although not all side effects are known, ubiquinone is thought to be likely safe for most adults when used as directed.
Stop using ubiquinone and call your healthcare provider at once if you have:
- Very low blood pressure–dizziness, severe weakness, feeling like you might pass out.
Common side effects may include:
- Upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite;
- Skin rash; or
- Low blood pressure.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Ubiquinone?
Ubiquinone may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with Ubiquinone?
Ubiquinone may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Ubiquinone?
Ubiquinone may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Ubiquinone.
What is the dose of Ubiquinone for an adult?
Usual Adult Dose for Dietary Supplement
Oral: 30 to 200 mg/day
What is the dose of Ubiquinone for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is Ubiquinone available?
Ubiquinone is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Oral tablet
- Oral capsule
- Compounding powder
- Oral liquid
- Oral tablet
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Ubiquinone, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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Ubiquinone Capsule. https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-151829/ubiquinone-oral/. Accessed December 21, 2017.
Review Date: December 21, 2017 | Last Modified: December 21, 2017