Combatting the Side Effects of Cholesterol Drugs

Five-Cholestorol-Pills--Stati 2It is not uncommon for people who struggle with their cholesterol to take medications to help keep it under control. Cholesterol drugs fall under the category of statin medications, which are a group of drugs whose primary function is to reduce fat levels, including cholesterol, in the body. However, these pharmaceutically created drugs, as helpful as they can be, have their downsides.

The problem with any statin medication is that they deplete the coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which is a critical nutrient to the body’s overall health. CoQ10 is found in and used by essentially every cell in the body, though their presence is primarily concentrated in the heart and liver. What makes this nutrient so vital to our bodies’ wellbeing is its major role in energy production and muscle function. It also provides additional help in the realm of conditions like blood pressure, angina (a condition in which the person suffers severe chest pain), and congestive heart failure (2).

The consequences that result from a CoQ10 depletion range from fatigue, to muscle pain, to even potential liver problems. Therefore, it is extremely important that our bodies maintain the proper levels of CoQ10 (2).

Luckily there is a simple solution to combatting the side effects of these cholesterol drugs while still letting them do their main job, and that is to supplement your diet with a daily dose of CoQ10 (2). There are many options when it comes to this, as CoQ10 can be found in a variety of foods. It is found primarily in oily fish, like salmon and tuna, organ meats, like liver, and whole grains. Without the inconvenience of cholesterol drugs depleting the naturally gained CoQ10 levels in our bodies, we normally consume enough of it simply through maintaining a balanced diet. However, when it comes to balancing out cholesterol with CoQ10, it may be advised that you take a supplement. Besides, CoQ10 is helpful in many other areas as well, such as in recovery from a heart attack, managing high blood pressure, treating heart failure, improving conditions of diabetes, and preventing gum disease, so it’s quite a worthwhile investment (1).

Though CoQ10 can be commonly found in pure pill form, there are also some forms of the supplement that are actually considered real food. And just like with most nutrients, the CoQ10 ingested via food will be even more active in the body than that just consumed from a pill (2).

Despite the fact that managing our cholesterol can ultimately create other problems, there are easy ways to fight back and win both battles. But as always, it is recommended that you first consult with a doctor if you have any concerns about your cholesterol or the side effects its medication may be causing you.

References (click to show/hide)

  1. "Coenzyme Q10." University of Maryland Medical Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 July 2014. <>.
  2. Ventresca, Mike. "Cholesterol Drugs, Fatigue and Muscle Pain." Mimi Vanderhaven n.d.: n. pag. Print.