Coenzyme Q10 is used to:
Early evidence suggests that coenzyme Q10 supplements may help people with a long-standing history of heart failure. But this antioxidant should never be used alone for heart failure, but it may be helpful when taken with other heart failure medications. When used soon after a heart attack, coenzyme Q10 may decrease the risk of a further heart attack, but more research is needed.
Supplementation may also be beneficial in people with high blood pressure.
Coenzyme Q10 can lower the frequency of migraine attacks and the average number of days with headache-related nausea. You may need to take coenzyme Q10 supplementation for 3 months before you start noticing any improvement. If you don't notice an improvement or your migraine symptoms worsen, consult your doctor.
Coenzyme Q10 has also been studied for other conditions, including:
- gum disease
- Parkinson's disease
- Huntington's disease
- preventing side effects caused by certain medications
- certain cancers
- Alzheimer's disease
Research has produced mixed results in people with diabetes – it is unknown if coenzyme Q10 will help to control blood sugar for everyone.
Coenzyme Q10 has not been shown to be effective if applied topicallytopicallyto be applied on the skin on your gums to treat gum disease. There may be some benefit to taking oral forms of coenzyme Q10.
Some research indicates that coenzyme Q10 may slow the progression of early Parkinson's disease. People with more advanced Parkinson's, however, may not benefit from this antioxidant. It doesn't appear to be effective in people with Huntington's disease.
People with HIV/AIDS who take coenzyme Q10 may improve their immune system function.
Early research has shown that coenzyme Q10 may slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, but further research is required.
Cholesterol-lowering medications called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors ("statins") may reduce the amount of coenzyme Q10 in the blood. However, there is not enough evidence at this time to recommend coenzyme Q10 routinely to people who are on statins (either as a supplement or to prevent muscle-related injuries that may be due to lower coenzyme Q10 levels). There is also not enough research to support coenzyme Q10 supplementation to people receiving certain cancer medications (e.g., doxorubicin) to reduce possible harmful effects on the heart.
Your health care provider may have recommended this product for other conditions. Contact a health care provider if you have questions.