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    Information about Idebenone

    Idebenone uses

    Idebenone is used in the treatment of Friedreich's ataxia and leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy.

    How idebenone works

    Idebenone belongs to the class of drugs called as antioxidants (a molecule that prevents oxidation of another molecule).  It acts by protecting wide variety of cells from oxidative damage thereby increasing production of energy by cells.

    Common side effects of idebenone

    Nasopharyngitis (inflammation of the throat and nasal passages), Cough, Diarrhoea, Back pain

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    Expert advice for Idebenone

    • You will be regularly monitored to check complete blood count and liver function test values while on idebenone treatment. 
    • Inform your doctor in case you have mild kidney impairment.
    • Inform your doctor if you are an elderly patient.
    • Exercise caution before using idebenone in children <8 years.
    • Do not take if allergic to idebenone or any of its ingredients.
    • Do not take if suffering from moderate or severe hepatic or renal impairment.
    • Do not take if Pregnant or breastfeeding women. 

    Frequently asked questions for Idebenone


    Q. Is Idebenone better than CoQ 10?

    Yes, Idebenone is better than CoQ 10 as it prevents free radical damage under low oxygen condition.

    Content on this page was last updated on 08 October, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)