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Q10 supplement with statins

Dr Mark Porter / 29 December 2017

Dr Mark Porter answers a question from a reader about whether you need a Q10 supplement if you take statins.

Sources of co-enzyme Q10
Co-enzyme Q10 is essential for normal energy production

Q: Should people on statins take a Q10 supplement as well? I have just returned from the US where it seems to be standard practice to prescribe both, yet I have never heard of it being done in the UK.

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A: Statins work by interfering with a chemical pathway that does more than produce cholesterol and they also inhibit production of a compound called co-enzyme Q10, essential for normal energy production.

The consequences of this remain unclear, but some doctors in the US have been advocating supplementation to help with statin side effects such as muscle aches. There is a dearth of good evidence to support the practice, however. 

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