Co-Q10 May Relieve Muscle Pain Caused by Statin Drugs
Myalgia (muscle pain) is the most frequently reported adverse side effect associated with statin (atorvastatin, simvastatin) therapy to lower cholesterol, and often necessitates a reduction in dose, or the cessation of therapy. Muscle pain may be related in part to statin inhibition of the body’s production of coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone, Co-Q10), an essential factor for cellular energy production. The American Journal of Cardiology reported a double-blind study of 18 patients with statin-related muscle pain who were treated with 100 mg/day of Co-Q10. After 30 days, the patients taking Co-Q10 reported a 40% decrease in pain severity and a 38% decrease in the interference of pain in their daily activities. In conclusion, results suggest that coenzyme Q10 supplementation may decrease muscle pain associated with statin treatment. As with all supplements, the choice of preparation is key to the success of therapy, so ask our professional staff to recommend a quality product.