The combination of statins and coenzyme Q10 may more effectively lower cholesterol with fewer side effects than taking statins alone, according to Healthline. Coenzyme Q10 might naturally lower cholesterol and eliminate painful side effects associated with statins, though not enough studies have been conducted to confirm this, as of 2015.
Patients taking statins can experience side effects such as muscle pain and discomfort, nausea, diarrhea, and sometimes liver and kidney damage, as stated by Healthline. Statins decrease the level of coenzyme Q10 in the body, which increases side effects. Therefore, it's possible that taking coenzyme Q10 supplements increase levels in the body, thereby reducing muscle breakdown and resulting pain.