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Idebenone is used in the treatment of Friedreich’s ataxia (a rare inherited disease that cause progressive nervous system damage and movement problems) and vision impairment in Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, which is a genetic disorder that cause vision loss in affected individuals.
Idebenone works by preventing the oxidation of cells from free radicals (molecules involved in illness/aging process that cause damage to the cell) which leads to reduced neural damage in spinal cord and peripheral nerves thus improving neural effects in patients affected by Friedreich’s ataxia. The medicine also helps in restoring energy and reactivating inactive retinal ganglion cells (nerve cells that act as a crucial communication channel between retina and brain) which results in vision recovery and prevents further vision loss due to Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy in affected individuals.
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