Idebenone - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Idebenone is used to treat vision problems in individuals with Leber’s optic atrophy (a rare inherited eye disorder that may cause loss of eyesight).
How do I take this medicine?
Take Idebenone exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take this medicine together with food or immediately after a meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. Do not chew or crush the tablet.

The dose of Idebenone will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment timeframe depending on the severity of your condition.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • blood disorders
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
What side effects could I experience?
Idebenone may cause any of the following side effects: common cold, cough, diarrhoea, back pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, and indigestion.

Your urine may look slightly reddish-brown in colour. This is normal while you are being treated with this medicine. Do not be alarmed.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders e.g. ciclosporin, sirolimus, tacrolimus
  • medicines for cold or allergy e.g. terfenadine, astemizole
  • medicines for migraine e.g. ergotamine, dihydroergotamine
  • midazolam (medicine for sleep disorder)
  • fentanyl (strong painkiller)
  • cisapride (medicine for digestive problems)
  • pimozide (medicine for mood disorder)
  • quinidine (medicine for irregular heartbeat)
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Idebenone.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements, and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on idebenone - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2024 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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