One benefit of taking statins and coenzyme Q10 together is a reduction in the negative side effects associated statins, such as pain and discomfort. Additionally, taking statins and coenzyme Q10 at the same time is beneficial because both can work together to reduce high cholesterol levels, according to Healthline.
As of 2015, research demonstrates that coenzyme Q10 reduces the commonly experienced side effect of muscle pain that occurs while taking statins. Coenzyme Q10 also reduces the breakdown of muscle cells that leads to the release of muscle protein into the bloodstream, which is a serious side effect of taking statins that can also result in kidney problems, as Healthline explains.
Taking coenzyme Q10 while taking cholesterol-lowering statins may also help prevent liver-related problems, according to WebMD. People taking statins generally supplement their diet with 100 to 200 milligrams of coenzyme Q10 per day, states EverydayHealth.
It is beneficial to take coenzyme Q10 while taking statins since statins deplete the level of coenzyme Q10 naturally present in the body. Coenzyme Q10 works to reduce the side effects of taking statins by preventing coenzyme Q10 levels from decreasing at a faster rate than normal, as Healthline explains.
Additionally, patients who have heart-related health conditions such as high blood pressure and congestive heart failure may already have low levels of coenzyme Q10 in their body prior to taking statins, according to WebMD. Taking coenzyme Q10 provides additional health benefits such as antioxidant protection and supplying energy to cells.