Submitted by Dr T on December 11, 2010 – 9:10am
If my doctor prescribes a statin for me, do I need to take the supplement, CoQ10 also?
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is similar to a vitamin. It also functions as an antioxidant, and has been used (w/o) success) in the treatment of heart failure. The use of statins may reduce the CoQ10 in your blood and some recommend CoQ10 as adjunct therapy to statins, reasoning a likely benefit against very small risk.
I am reluctant to recommend more medications to treat the potential side effects of another. I echo the Mayo Clinic, “CoQ10 has been used, recommended, or studied for numerous conditions, but remains controversial as a treatment in many areas.”
Hope this helps,