Cholesterol-Lowering Medications Can Cause Coenzyme Q10 Deficiency

Published: September 23, 2012

Holistic practitioners have known that cholesterol lowering medications called statins (most are this kind) block Coenzyme Q10 production along with cholesterol production. Coenzyme Q10 is critical for energy production and heart function, but when people go into heart failure the doctors don't know that it could be from the cholesterol medication.

I prefer natural options for lowering cholesterol. But if you are (or have been) on a cholesterol lowering medication, take Coenzyme Q10 at 200 mg a day. If you have heart disease, see "Addressing Heart Problems Naturally."


"Comparison of effects of pitavastatin and atorvastatin on plasma coenzyme Q10 in heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia: results from a crossover study," Kawashiri MA, Nohara A, et al, Clin Pharmacol Ther, 2008; 83(5): 731-9.).

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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