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For a person on cholesterol medications, some doctors recommend CoQ10 to prevent muscle aches, while others recommend CoQ10 only after muscle aches begin. What should be the best practice?
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: CoQ-10
Many docs feel there is no need to supplement coq-10 (which is decreased by statins & other commonly used meds like beta blockers); others feel preventive supplementation is the way to go.
One difficulty is timing the doses of statin & coq-10 so they have the least interaction. There is anecdotal evidence that coq-10 can prevent, or at least lessen the effects of statins on muscles.—>.

In brief: CoQ-10
Many docs feel there is no need to supplement coq-10 (which is decreased by statins & other commonly used meds like beta blockers); others feel preventive supplementation is the way to go.
One difficulty is timing the doses of statin & coq-10 so they have the least interaction. There is anecdotal evidence that coq-10 can prevent, or at least lessen the effects of statins on muscles.—>.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
—> Basically the issue boils down to what you want & whether your doc agrees since the supplement will not harm you.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Age is another variable: CoQ-10/ubiquinone may not be as effective in older pts as ubiquinol, a more active form.
Dr. Mark Landers
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: CoQ10
Usually given after a person developes muscle aches to see if it will help.
Expensive drug for over the counter.

In brief: CoQ10
Usually given after a person developes muscle aches to see if it will help.
Expensive drug for over the counter.
Dr. Mark Landers
Dr. Mark Landers
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Dr. Mark Rasak
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: No solid data
Either way , regardless of when or what dose , there is no good or consistent data that indicates that it works.

In brief: No solid data
Either way , regardless of when or what dose , there is no good or consistent data that indicates that it works.
Dr. Mark Rasak
Dr. Mark Rasak
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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Co Q 10
I generally prescribe it to my patients if they have muscle aches with statins and it generally helps half of them. I do not prescribeco q 10 if they do not have this problem in order to avoid one more medicine and added expense.
Contrary to popular belief there is no good evidence that co q 10 is otherwise helpful in making the heart strong etc.

In brief: Co Q 10
I generally prescribe it to my patients if they have muscle aches with statins and it generally helps half of them. I do not prescribeco q 10 if they do not have this problem in order to avoid one more medicine and added expense.
Contrary to popular belief there is no good evidence that co q 10 is otherwise helpful in making the heart strong etc.
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
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