Does research support the addition of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) for those on lipid-lowering medication?—MARY SAFRANSKI, FNP, APRN-BC, Barnesville, Minn.
CoQ10 has been shown to be an essential factor for a myriad of cellular functions, especially hepatic and musculoskeletal. Among the many things that can affect the function and production of CoQ10 are cholesterol-lowering statins. Several trials indicate a reduction in statin-related myalgias when CoQ10 was used and fewer incidences of elevated liver enzymes. While CoQ10 supplementation is not a guarantee against statin-related problems, the evidence certainly supports not only the concept but modest efficacy as well. For more information, see the October 2007 issue of The Clinical Advisor and Am Fam Physician. 2005;72:1065-1070. —Sherril Sego, FNP-C, DNP (148-2)