CoQ10: Heart nutrient depleted by cholesterol-lowering drugs

The fact that cholesterol-lowering drugs in the statin family like Lipitor and Pravachol reduce coenzyme Q10 levels is well-established. A study better quantified this effect. Dosages of the drug atorvastatin (Lipitor) could cut CoQ10 levels in the blood to well below normal levels. Researchers also concluded that inhibition of CoQ10 synthesis by these drugs could explain the most commonly reported adverse effects, especially fatigue and muscle pain.

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