- What other names is Idebenone known by?
- What is Idebenone?
- How does Idebenone work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Idebenone.
Idebenone is used for Alzheimer's disease, liver disease, and heart disease; as well as a number of inherited disorders including Leber's disease (an eye condition), mitochondrial encephalomyopathies (nerve and muscle disorders), and Friedreich's ataxia (a nervous system disorder that worsens over time, producing gait and speech problems, and eventually leading toward heart disease and diabetes).
Possibly Effective for...
- Treating Alzheimer's disease. There's some evidence that taking idebenone slows the decline of thinking skills in people with Alzheimer's disease. Idebenone appears most effective in patients with moderately severe Alzheimer's disease.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Friedreich's ataxia (an inherited progressive condition affecting the nerves that can lead to heart disease and diabetes). Some developing research suggests that taking idebenone may help control heart damage associated with Friedreich's ataxia. But other research hasn't shown this benefit. Idebenone does not appear to slow the progression of this condition.
- Mitochondrial encephalomyopathies (a group of disorders that lead to muscle and nervous system problems). There is some research that suggests that taking idebenone might reduce symptoms in patients with some of these conditions.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
Quick GuideDementia, Alzheimer's Disease, and Aging Brains
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of idebenone during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
- For Alzheimer's disease: 90-120 mg of idebenone three times daily.
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