Changing your Statin Dosage May Not Address the Side Effects

Statins for Cholesterol Management

Approximately one out of every four Americans over the age of 45 is taking some form of a statin medication to help manage and lower their cholesterol levels, according to the Center for Disease Control.  Cholesterol is a fatty compound found in the fats in our blood. It plays an important role in our overall cardiovascular health and elevated levels are directly linked to heart disease, the Number One killer in the U.S.  Physicians regularly prescribe statin drugs to keep cholesterol levels in check and ensure better heart health, but these drugs often deliver an unwanted “punch” in the form of uncomfortable side effects such as muscular aches, spasms and joint pain.

Possible Statin Side Effects

Patients and medical caregivers often speculate on whether these side effects are symptomatic of the dosage of the statin drug or the type of statin used. It is not uncommon for doctors to tinker with a patient’s dosage amount in an attempt to arrive at a dosage solution that minimizes the patient’s discomfort and plaguing muscle aches.  Unfortunately, some even take their patients off the medication altogether when it may still be needed to manage cardiovascular wellness.  According to a new study recently reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, up to 17 percent of patients stop taking their current medication to either try a different dose or abort statin treatment altogether because of the side effect issue.

Dosage May Not Be the Only Problem

Statins are very effective in removing cholesterol, but, they also reduce the availability of Ubiquinol (the natural form of coenzyme 10) in your heart.  In addition to increasing muscle aches and fatigue (Myalgia), statins also have been known to raise liver enzymes, possibly enhance nerve damage, and lead to a slight increased risk of diabetes. Ubiquinol is one of the most popular nutrients used for heart health. It is the biologically active, pre-converted form of CoQ10.  It's ideal for people taking cholesterol reducing medicines because Ubiquinol restores CoQ10 levels that are diminished by these medications.  While patients should always consult with their doctor on the specifics of their treatment, a daily Ubiquinol supplement may offer the millions of Americans who need long-term statin support to protect their heart with a cost-effective, natural solution to potentially having to change statin doses or brands, or abandon treatment altogether. 

In addition to statin side effect relief, optimal Ubiquinol levels are important for anyone looking to support cardiovascular, neurological, and liver health.  Ubiquinol supplements can promote overall body strength and vitality and deliver cellular energy support, which is difficult to obtain through diet alone.

Ron Martin

Director of Marketing

Ron Martin is the Director of Marketing at Kaneka Ubiquinol. Ron’s dedication to lifelong learning and belief that “one cannot know too much” inspired a decades-long career centered around educating the public about health.

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