NutraDrops coenzyme Q-10

Name: NutraDrops coenzyme Q-10

What is NutraDrops (ubiquinone coenzyme Q-10)?

Ubiquinone is a vitamin-like substance that is made naturally in the body. Ubiquinone is also known as Coenzima, Ubidcarenone, Ubidécarénone, and Ubiquinol.

Ubiquinone has been 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.

Ubiquinone may also be used for purposes not listed in this product guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking NutraDrops (ubiquinone coenzyme Q-10)?

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.

What should I avoid while taking NutraDrops (ubiquinone coenzyme Q-10)?

Avoid using ubiquinone together with other herbal/health supplements that can also lower blood pressure. This includes andrographis, casein peptides, cat's claw, fish oil, L-arginine, lycium, stinging nettle, or theanine.

NutraDrops (ubiquinone coenzyme Q-10) side effects

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;

  • diarrhea;

  • skin rash; or

  • low blood pressure.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect NutraDrops (ubiquinone coenzyme Q-10)?

Do not take ubiquinone without medical advice if you are using any of the following medications:

  • omega-3 fatty acids;

  • vitamins (especially A, C, E, or K);

  • blood pressure medicine;

  • cancer medicine; or

  • warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven).

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with ubiquinone, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this product guide.

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