Cholesterol-lowering medications - HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins)
A deficiency of the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 may be associated with long-term conditions including heart disease and high blood pressure. Symptoms of deficiency include gingivitis and weakened immune function. The major symptoms of coenzyme Q10 depletion due to statin drugs include muscle aches and weakness. Some studies suggest that coenzyme Q10 depletion during statin therapy might cause heart abnormalities. Speak to your doctor.
The information presented here covers some of the nutrients that may be affected when you take certain medications. If you have the signs and symptoms listed, it doesn't always mean you have low levels of these nutrients. Many things affect the level of nutrients, including your medical history, diet, and lifestyle, as well as how long you have been taking the medication. Please talk with your health care provider. He or she can best address your health care needs and determine whether you are at risk for low levels of any nutrients.
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