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How do medications treat mitochondrial diseases?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Mitochondrial diseases are treated primarily through vitamin supplements and physical or occupational therapy as opposed to any other kind of medication. Vitamin supplements can include riboflavin, B-complex, coenzyme-Q, carnitine, and vitamin E. These vitamins can help to foster energy levels and help to stave off fatigue in some people with mitochondrial diseases.

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