Coenzyme Q10

Am Fam Physician. 2005 Sep 15;72(6):1065-70.


Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance used in the treatment of a variety of disorders primarily related to suboptimal cellular energy metabolism and oxidative injury. Studies supporting the efficacy of coenzyme Q10 appear most promising for neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease and certain encephalomyopathies for which coenzyme Q10 has gained orphan drug status. Results in other areas of research, induding treatment of congestive heart failure and diabetes, appear to be contradictory or need further clarification before proceeding with recommendations. Coenzyme Q10 appears to be a safe supplement with minimal side effects and low drug interaction potential.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Mitochondrial Encephalomyopathies / drug therapy*
  • Parkinson Disease / drug therapy*
  • Ubiquinone / adverse effects
  • Ubiquinone / pharmacology
  • Ubiquinone / therapeutic use*


  • Ubiquinone