coenzyme q10, ubiquinone, ubidecarenone

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What is coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone, ubidecarenone)-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

  • Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is naturally produced in the body and is present in the heart, kidney, pancreas, and liver.
  • It is a fat soluble antioxidant and an important chemical used in oxidative respiration for the Krebs cycle and the electron transport chain both of which are critical for the generation of energy that is used by all cells in the body.
  • Coenzyme Q10 levels decrease with age and may be low in people with heart diseases, Parkinson's, disease, cancers, muscular dystrophies, and diabetes.

What brand names are available for coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone, ubidecarenone)-oral?

Acanda COQ10 Soft Gels, Doctor's Best High Absorption Coq10, Omegaboost Coq-10, Kirkland Signature CoQ10, and many others

Is coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone, ubidecarenone)-oral available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone, ubidecarenone)-oral?

No

What are the uses for coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone, ubidecarenone)-oral?

  • Coenzyme Q10 may be effective for treating coenzyme Q10 deficiency.
  • It is possibly effective for improving vision in people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD); improving heart function in people with congestive heart failure; improving symptoms of diabetic neuropathy; improving immune function in people with HIV; reducing blood pressure; reducing the frequency of migraine attacks; and improving physical performance in people with muscular dystrophy.
  • Coenzyme Q10 produced in the laboratory is a component of many herbal products and has many uses.

What are the side effects of coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone, ubidecarenone)-oral?

The common side effects of coenzyme Q10 are:

Other side effects of coenzyme Q10 include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/13/2016

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