Cholesterol Lowering Drugs

A Few Examples The HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, commonly known as "statins", are effective for reducting LDL cholesterol. However, these drugs may deplete Co-enzyme Q10, also known as ubiquinone, a fat-soluble vitamin needed by the body. Co-enzyme Q10 is needed in all cells for the production of energy. The effects of Co-enzyme Q10 depletion are seen particularaly in the cardiovascular system because the heart has higher energy needs that most other parts of the body. Some common symptoms of Co-enzyme Q10 deficiency can include lack of energy, high blood pressure, heart problems, and weakened immune system.

Daily doses of 30 to 200 mg per day have been suggested for supplementation of Co-enzyme Q10.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about taking Co-enzyme Q10, especially if you take a cholesterol lowering medication.