Tuesday, December 28, 2010

High Cholesterol and Coenzyme Q10

I wondered the other day when I was at CVS..., the most expensive vitamins must be necessary for some reason.  Like Q10.  Have you seen the price of that one?  Depending what mfg makes it, it could be quite pricey.  To get a generic brand (which I have), you would pay $16.00, 30 pills, 100mg.  That is .50 cents a pill per day. 

Some people who have high colesterol are given a "statin" drug by prescription.  In my opinion "statin" drugs are given a bad rap for the side effects.  IF you have a life and death situation where you need to take a "statin" drug prescribed by a physician... then talk to your doctor about taking a Q10 with your "statin" drug.

Some researchers think that taking a coenzyme Q10 supplement may reduce the risk of serious muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis). And some small reports suggest that troubling side effects — muscle and joint aches — from statins might be reduced if you take coenzyme Q10 along with a statin.


List of some "statins" are":  Lipitor, Zocor, Atorvastatin, Cerivastatin, Fluvastatin, Lovastatin, Mevastatin, Pitavastatin, Pravastatin, Rosuvastatin, Simvastatin, and other combinations like Simvastatin+Niacin extended release. 

Is there a cholesterol problem in this world... or a happy drug industry of "statins" with numbers to fit most people's cholesterol tests?  Let's look at statistics: Pfizer had $$$12.4 billion dollars in sales in 2008 for their "statin" drug.  How many people do you suppose that would be?


Statin drugs would not be my first drug of choice - but if necessary to take, consider taking Q10 to go with it.