What are Coenzyme Q10 Side Effects?

Coenzyme Q10

The human body normally produces coenzyme Q10. It is necessary for basic cell functions but as the body ages, less coenzyme Q10 is produce by the body. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart ailments, breast cancer and HIV also affect it’s production. However, you can increase levels of it by taking  coenzyme Q10 supplements.

CoQ10 supplement is use to normalize blood pressure, treat heart disease, lessen blood clot and reduced chest pains.  CoQ10 is use to negate the side effects of statin treatment. The supplement itself can decrease the muscle fatigue caused by statin medications. Other benefits also include boost immune function, increase athletic performance, boost sperm rate and it is good for the skin. The CoQ10 supplements are also part of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer disease treatment.  

However, like any other dietary supplements CoQ10 also show side effects.  Here are some common Coenzyme Q10 side effects:

  • Dizziness
  • Increased level of liver enzymes
  • Rashes
  • vomiting
  • Itching
  • Wheezing
  • Nausea
  • Appetite loss
  • Throat discomfort
  • Abdominal pain

Other people who had symptoms of Coenzyme Q10 side effects have tried to lower their dosage. From 300 mg per day, they lessen their intake to 100 mg a day. However, the lower of dosage also had shown side effects to others. Here are some Coenzyme Q10 side effects with lower dosage:

  • headache
  • mild insomnia
  • irritability
  • fatigue

Severe coenzyme Q10 side effects are:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Liver damage

Those suffering from diabetes cannot take CoQ10 without proper approval from their doctors because coenzyme Q10 can lower their blood sugar (hypoglycemia).

Meanwhile, medicines to lower blood sugar and high cholesterol can affect the levels of coenzyme Q10 as well as lessen the effects Coenzyme supplements. If a patient is likewise drinking medicines like blood thinner, Coenzyme Q10 is not for them, too, as the supplement may cut the response of the body to blood thinner medicines.

Patients, who take different types of medicines for their chronic illness oftentimes, drink CoQ10 to lessen the negative effects of their medicines. However, if the CoQ10 exhibits more side effects than good results, you should ask your doctor whether to continue or stop the supplements.

Supplements are not medicines and sometimes research is minimal for certain group of people who drink dietary supplements.  Ask first your health care provider before starting any supplements. Patients who have chronic ailments should first seek the approval of their doctors before starting any dietary supplements.

Dietary supplements as CoQ10 may cause severe Coenzyme Q10 side effects, may react to your present medicine or may trigger strong allergic reaction in severe cases. It may also worsen the symptoms of your chronic ailment. To avoid further problem, ask your pharmacist or doctor about the side effects of supplements.

Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers cannot take CoQ10, as there are no clinical studies about the safety and CoQ10 side effects on infants. Likewise, the long-term side effects of Coenzyme Q10 still need more studies.

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