Coenzyme Q10

July 19, 2010

Coenzyme Q10 plays an important role in the production of energy within certain cells in the human body, particularly heart cells. Coenzyme Q10 is also an antioxidant. Many athletes use low levels of coenzyme Q10 to alleviate the the build up of metabolic byproducts brought on by rigorous physical activities.

Coenzyme Q10 provides many benefits to the cardiovascular system. In addition to strengthening heart cells it also helps to maintain healthy blood vessels. There is also evidence that coenzyme Q10 may be therapeutic in treating angina, arrhythmia, atherosclerosis, cancer, cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, and can promote healthy skin.

Always consult your physician before beginning supplementation with coenzyme Q10, especially if you are already taking medication intended to treat a cardiovascular condition.

Please take a look at our selection of products containing coenzyme Q10.

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Starting and Stopping Medications

July 7, 2010

Often medications are started at a lower dose which is gradually increased. Similarly, many drugs are stopped slowly by gradually tapering down the dose over days, weeks, or even months. In some cases such as with blood pressure medications, initially lower doses allow your body to adapt to the drug and assess how well it is working or if side effects are occurring. Other medications, such as many prescription pain relievers, require higher doses over time due to tolerance to the desired pain relieving effect. When stopping a drug, doses are gradually reduced for some antidepressants, steroids, and pain relievers to prevent problems ranging from unpleasant withdrawal to potentially life-threatening consequences. Our compounding pharmacy can help by customizing medications in easy-to-measure forms for changing doses, or we can compound a series of different doses that avoids the problems associated with breaking or crushing tablets.