Dr Mark Porter answers a question from a reader about whether you need a Q10 supplement if you take statins.
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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The latest news about statins
Should you take this supplement? Q10 and more
What are statins used for?
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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