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  • Coenzyme Q10

    Hi All,

    I've read some archived posts here on Coenzyme Q10, as well as several recent posts from people whose doctors had recommended taking it along with their beta blockers. Has anyone had any success with this?

    I'm not as much interested in it's HCM benefits, which i admit i am a little skeptical about, but i am very interested in taking it as a means to boost overall health and energy level. From what i've read, it seems that beta blockers deplete the cells of CoQ10 and this can contribute to low energy level and fatigue in HCM patients on beta blockers. If supplementing this can help boost my metabolism and give me back some energy, heck i'm all for it. Of course i would clear it with my doctor first. My only question really is whether or not anyone here has actually received any benefit from taking it?

    Thanks for any info you folks have

    Jim
    "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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    Re: Coenzyme Q10

    Hi Jim,

    I started taking it about a month ago, and I don't know if it's my getting used to the increase in beta blockers I switched to about two months ago, or whether its the COQ 10, but I definitely do feel less tired. I used to hit a big wall in the mid afternoon, and lately I don't notice it.

    I figured it couldn't hurt, so I began taking it after I read some about it.
    Daughter of Father with HCM
    Diagnosed with HCM 1999.
    Full term pregnancy - Son born 11/01
    ICD implanted 2/03; generator replaced 2/2005 and 2/2012
    Myectomy 8/11/06 - Joe Dearani - Mayo Clinic.

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    • #3
      Re: Coenzyme Q10

      Originally posted by mtlieb
      Hi All,

      I've read some archived posts here on Coenzyme Q10, as well as several recent posts from people whose doctors had recommended taking it along with their beta blockers. Has anyone had any success with this?

      I'm not as much interested in it's HCM benefits, which i admit i am a little skeptical about, but i am very interested in taking it as a means to boost overall health and energy level. From what i've read, it seems that beta blockers deplete the cells of CoQ10 and this can contribute to low energy level and fatigue in HCM patients on beta blockers. If supplementing this can help boost my metabolism and give me back some energy, heck i'm all for it. Of course i would clear it with my doctor first. My only question really is whether or not anyone here has actually received any benefit from taking it?

      Thanks for any info you folks have

      Jim
      Jim, I take 100 mg of co Q 10 daily. I had serious ventricular tach and have been on beta blockers as well as amiodarone. Initially I started on low doses of co q and gradually increased to 100 mg over a period of a year . I am better now than any time in the past 3 years when my symptoms were severe. I can't say for sure why I am better but the co q is the one variable I added and improvement has followed. Mayo recommends co q for hcm patients.... as do all of the naturopathic doctors. I started this supplement inspite of my doctors objections - she said they didn't know what effect it might have on heart rythem and absorption of meds. I found no problems with either.
      Chuck B

      An inch is a cinch, a yard is hard

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      • #4
        Re: Coenzyme Q10

        There is not a great deal of data on this matter. I know some people who take it and have had slight improvements in symptoms, others have had no change.
        I tried it myself a few years back and took it for 2 months, I can not say I felt any change one way or the other.
        I would say to talk with your doc and as long as they have no reason for you NOT to try it...I do not believe it can hurt.
        (Oh it can be rather expensive so look for the "store" brands to ave a little $)

        Lisa
        Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
        YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

        Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
        lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
        Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
        Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
        Currently not obstructed
        Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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        • #5
          Re: Coenzyme Q10

          Hi All,

          My specialist didn't recommend it, but he didn't not recommend it either, so of course i'm going to try it. Gotta keep an open mind about these things right? The way i figure, it's not like i dug up some strange root in my backyard and said 'hey, i wonder what this will do to me if i eat it'. It's naturally occuring in the body and has been shown to be depleted with age, certain conditions like heart disease, and also some medications like beta-blockers.

          I picked up a cheaper store brand, which was eleven bucks for a 40-count bottle, 100mg. I didn't think that was too bad. It does have the USP seal for potency standards, which i had heard was important, and the softgels i got are in a soybean oil base which i had read helps in absorption. As far as dosage, how much are you folks taking? I've read all kinds of things on the net, and one site recommends taking one mg for every pound of body weight, which would be about 200mg for me. I bought two bottles of 100mg thinking that i would either take one or two a day depending on what i heard from people who are taking it.

          Thanks for your advice!

          Jim
          "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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          • #6
            Re: Coenzyme Q10

            Hi Jim,

            I've been taking CoQ10 now for about 9 years and it has helped me alot.
            I think I was originally only taking about 60mg a day and had read that it may take 90 days to see any improvement. I did start feeling better all of a sudden after 3 months instead of a gradual improvement.
            Over the years I've had to increase the dosage as I was having more trouble with congestive heart failure. Each time I did an increase it took another 3 months to start feeling better. I'm now taking 250mg a day and it helps with the whole stamina, energy and shortness of breath thing. But I still have my limits, it's just better than it was before.

            If I were you I would try the 100mg for 3 months and then see if you notice any difference before trying a higher dosage. It does get to be expensive.

            Dolly Y

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            • #7
              Re: Coenzyme Q10

              Hi Jim
              I went to Walmart at lunch and bought some Co Q10. It cost me here in Canada with tax $25 for 60 pills at 30mg.....I think I like your $11.00 much better......Thanks for the info.
              Tammy

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              • #8
                Re: Coenzyme Q10

                Jim......where did you get the CoQ10 for $11?????? 100 mg bottle of 40 pills????? That is an incredible price! I've been buying this stuff for atleast 5 years & i've never seen 100mg so low.

                I'm hoping there is a store near me!! Thanks Jim.

                Karen

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                • #9
                  Re: Coenzyme Q10

                  Karen, that's the price at WalMart. It's the Spring Valley brand. The label says Q-Sorb Co Q-10 100 mg. Hope you find it.

                  Reenie
                  Reenie

                  ****************
                  Husband has HCM.
                  3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Coenzyme Q10



                    I just found a link to an online store that you can buy this from:

                    http://www.drugstore.com/templates/hnotes/default.asp?catid=42747&trx=HN-IN&trxp1=3&trxp2=80493&trxp3=1&trxp4=42747[/url]

                    However, the 100mg were $16.99 from them. There are cheaper prices for the lower mg though. I'm not sure I'm going to take it. I haven't seen a specialist yet, which I am going to try to get to.

                    Anyone know if Spring Valley has a web site that sells their supplements as mentioned from above. I checked walmart.com and I don't think they put it on their site.

                    Well best of luck,

                    annamc

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                    • #11
                      Re: Coenzyme Q10

                      This is for the 120 mg...
                      http://www.naturesbounty.com/NBLabels/001850NB.pdf

                      Try this for other strengths...
                      http://www.naturesbounty.com/pages/p...?SCID=12&CID=9
                      Reenie

                      ****************
                      Husband has HCM.
                      3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Coenzyme Q10

                        The best price I have seen is Sam's - 120 100mg for US$29.00. I belive Cosco sell it with same price.

                        Behrang

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                        • #13
                          Re: Coenzyme Q10

                          This is interesting as I've never heard of this Coenzyme Q10 before. Though it looks like it couldn't hurt. I much rather add something natural to my scripts, you know? It doesn't feel so overwhelming then when I look at my prescription bottles.

                          Thanks Reenie for the links posted. I went there to look at the CoEnzyme Q10 and found something called Absorbable Calcium, which I might try as well.

                          Best of Luck and Take Care,
                          annamc

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                          • #14
                            Re: Coenzyme Q10

                            Hi All,

                            Reenie, thanks for posting the info! I haven't been around for a few days so i missed Karen's question. Sorry Karen!

                            Yes, i picked up the Spring Valley brand from Walmart, 100mg softgels. It's in a white bottle with a green and yellow label and a green cap. The bottles on the shelf right now have 33% more free, so you get 40 for the price of the 30-count. I didn't save the receipt but i know it was around eleven bucks a bottle. I did some shopping around and found this to be the best deal where i live.

                            I think it's a good brand. Like i said before, it has the USP guarantee for potency etc., and it's in an oil-base mixture which is supposed to be better for absorbtion.

                            Jim
                            "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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