Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance found naturally in our body, especially in the heart, liver, kidney, and pancreas. It is also known as ubiquinone and ubidecarenone. It is also present in the food we eat such as meat and seafood. It is a dietary supplement rather than a drug and is used for conditions that affect heart such as heart failure, chest pain, and high blood pressure. It is also used for the prevention of a migraine, improvement of vision in people with age-related vision loss, improvement of nerve damage and nerve pain in patients with diabetes, reduction of muscle pain and tiredness, improvement of immune function in patients with HIV/AIDS, treatment of Parkinson’s disease, and treatment of Huntington’s disease. Follow the instructions on the bottle or take advice from your doctor. The usual daily dose is 100 to 200 mg.
We currently stock different brands of Coenzyme Q10 from Canada by various manufacturers, including:
* Coenzyme Q10 30 mg (60 Capsule), 300 mg (30 Capsule): by Valeant
* Coenzyme Q10 30 mg (120 Capsule), 100 mg (30 Ubiquinol Capsule), 100 mg (60 SoftGel): by Webber
* Coenzyme Q10 120 mg (60 SoftGel), 250 mg (45 SoftGel): by Jamieson
Side effects from taking Coenzyme Q10 are generally mild and rare. One of the serious side effects of Coenzyme Q10 is lowering of blood pressure.
Less serious side effects include include diarrhea, nausea, heartburn, stomach upset, loss of appetite, and vomiting, and allergic skin rashes on the skin. It can also cause a lowering of blood pressure, so it is important to check your blood pressure regularly. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Coenzyme Q10 should be used carefully in patients who are undergoing chemotherapy, have blood pressure problems, are scheduled to have surgery, are pregnant or breastfeeding, and who smoke. Coenzyme Q10 may interact with medications such as anti-cancer medications like busulfan, carboplatin, cisplatin, cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan), dacarbazine, thiotepa, medications used to lower blood pressure such as captopril enalapril, losartan, valsartan (Diovan), diltiazem (Cardizem), amlodipine (Norvasc), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDiuril), furosemide (Lasix) and warfarin (an anticoagulant). Coenzyme Q10 might decrease the effectiveness of Warfarin by helping the blood to clot. Coenzyme Q10 is safe for children when taken by mouth. However, it should not be used by children without medical supervision.
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