Ubidecarenone (CoQ10)

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What is ubidecarenone used for?

Ubidecarenone, also known as coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10, is a substance found in the human body, mainly in the heart, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. It has antioxidant properties and protects cells from damage by reactive oxygen species.

Ubidecarenone is an essential cofactor in the electron-transport chain in the mitochondria of all cells. The electron-transport chain is responsible for synthesizing large amounts of energy “currency” known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is necessary for a multitude of cellular functions.

How should I take ubidecarenone?

Ubidecarenone is available as oral capsules. The oral capsules should be taken by mouth without chewing or crushing it. It is best to take it with meals.

How do I store ubidecarenone?

This drug should be stored at room temperature (<30°C) and be protected from light and moisture. Do not allow this product to freeze. Always check the label before using this product. For safety, keep out of the reach of children and pets.

Do not use if the printed expiration date has passed, the product seal has been broken, or the product has changed in color, odor, or consistency.

Do not dispose of this product by pouring it down the drain, toilet, or into the environment. Ask your pharmacist regarding the proper way and location of disposal.

Precautions & Warnings

What should I know before using ubidecarenone?

Supplements, including ubidecarenone, are generally safe to take at any time.

Most people receive enough nutrients by eating balanced meals. Only take vitamin and food supplements if you are directed to do so by your doctor.

Avoid doing intense exercise while taking ubidecarenone.

Before using this medication, inform your doctor if:

  • You have ever had an allergic reaction to ubidecarenone or other supplements
  • You have a history of allergy to other medications, food, or other substances
  • You are taking other medications
  • You have underlying health conditions

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There is insufficient data regarding the use of ubidecarenone during pregnancy. This drug should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus, as determined by your doctor.

This drug may be excreted in breast milk. This drug should be used while breastfeeding only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the child, as determined by your doctor.

Side Effects

What side effects can occur from ubidecarenone?

All drugs have the potential to elicit side effects even with normal use. Many side effects are dose-related and will resolve when it is adjusted or at the end of therapy.

Potential side effects while using this drug include:

  • Gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash
  • Heartburn
  • Increased liver function tests after doses >300 mg/day

You may experience some, none, or other side effects not mentioned above. If you have any concerns about a side effect or it becomes bothersome, consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with ubidecarenone?

This drug may interact with other medications such as:

  • Statins
  • Warfarin

To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and inform your doctor and pharmacist.

If you experience an adverse drug interaction, stop taking this drug and continue taking your other medications. Inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan. Your dose may need to be adjusted, substituted with another drug, or discontinue using the drug.

Does food or alcohol interact with ubidecarenone?

There are no significant interactions with food. Alcohol may disrupt mitochondrial function, which can counteract the desired effects of ubidecarenone. It is best to avoid alcohol consumption or only drink it in moderation.

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding food-drug interactions.

What health conditions may interact with ubidecarenone?

This drug should be taken with caution if you have any of the following conditions or risk factors:

  • Allergy to any ingredients in the preparation

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding specific health conditions.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult your doctor or pharmacist before using ubidecarenone.

What is the dose of ubidecarenone for an adult?

The recommended dose is 1 tablet three times a day.

What is the dose of ubidecarenone for a child?

This drug is not recommended for use in children and the recommended dose has not been established. Consult with a doctor or pharmacist for alternatives and more information.

How is ubidecarenone available?

This drug is available in the following brands, dosage forms, and strengths:

  • GNC Coenzyme Q10 150 mg soft-gel capsules
  • Nu Qten 100mg soft-gel capsules
  • Qten 30 mg, 60 mg soft-gel capsules

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room. Management is symptomatic treatment.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of this drug, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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