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Are there any side effects when taking Rosuvastatin with CoQ10?

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Levels of CoQ10 might be lowered when taking Rosuvastatin, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Otherwise, there are no serious side effects when taking Rosuvastatin with CoQ10 or the other names it is sold under, such as ubiquinone and ubiquinol, claims Drugs.com.

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As its name suggests, Rosuvastatin is a statin, or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, according to Drugs.com. It helps lower levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the user. Rosuvastatin also raises levels of "good" HDL cholesterol and fights atherosclerosis, which is a narrowing or hardening of the arteries that can lead to heart attack and stroke. It also reduces the need for patients with cardiovascular disease to be treated for their condition with surgery or other risky medical procedures.

Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is a substance that helps the body turn food into energy, according to University of Maryland Medical Center. It is made naturally in the body. CoQ10 is an antioxidant, which means that it protects the body from the ravages of free radical molecules. These molecules damage cells and even DNA and are believed to contribute to several health problems as well as aging. Like statins, CoQ10 is believed to fight "bad" cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.

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