Why You Need a CoQ10 Supplement

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health, Nutrients and Additives
Last Reviewed 03/22/2014

Why You Need a CoQ10 Supplement

If you have cardiovascular problems, you may be taking prescription drugs to help you manage them. And while, most people know there can be side effects from drugs, you may be among the many who don’t realize that medication interactions can affect other medications, supplements and even food

These medication interactions can drain vital nutrients from your body and counteract the healing powers of the drugs. As you age, your nervous system becomes more sensitive, and you are more prone to developing side effects. The more medications you take, the more likely it is that adverse reactions will occur.

Why You Should Take a CoQ10 Supplement

Drugs can interfere with CoQ10-dependent enzymes, lowering its concentration in the body. I’ve seen many patients who are deficient in this nutrient. Listed below are some prescription drugs that can cause a CoQ10 deficiency.

Antidiabetic Drugs

  • Sulfonylureas
  • Acetohexamide
  • Glyburide
  • Tolazamide
  • Tolbutamide
  • Glipizide
  • Glimepiride
  • Chlorpropamide

Psychotherapeutic Drugs

  • Tricyclic Antidepressants
  • Amitriptyline
  • Desipramine
  • Nortriptyline
  • Doxepin
  • Imipramine
  • Phenothiazines
  • Chlorpromazine
  • Thioridazine
  • Fluphenazine
  • Butyrophenones
  • Haloperidol

Cardiac Medications

If you see doctors and holistic health practitioners and don’t tell each one of them every drug you take, they can unknowingly prescribe medications that interact adversely with something you’re already taking. Keep a list of all your drugs and supplements, such as a CoQ10 supplement, and take it with you to every doctor’s appointment.

For more information on cardiovascular-related issues, visit www.drsinatra.com.

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