Should I take statins and CoQ10 together?

Drug-nutrient interactions are not a new phenomenon in medicine and all physicians are very familiar with the necessity to add vitamin B6 to patients undergoing treatment of tuberculosis with the drug isoniazid, as well as the requirement to supplement with folic acid in patients treated with the immunosuppressant drug methotrexate.

Although the statin-CoQ10 drug-nutrient interaction is not widely publicised, it certainly has been very well studied and is well-known in medical and pharmaceutical research literature as far back as 1990 when Merck & Co., Inc. (the manufacturer of two statin drugs, lovastatin and simvastatin) obtained two patents to combine CoQ10 with the statin drug in the same tablet to prevent liver and muscle damage. Although these patents have not been acted upon, the basic science behind them is sound and taking supplemental CoQ10 with a statin drug makes perfect sense.

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