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What Do Statin Drugs Do?

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Finally, statins block the production of Coenzyme Q10, which is a potent antioxidant used in the production of energy in our mitochondria, however supplementing with this nutrient has shown mixed reviews in the research for alleviating side effects. Regardless, I still recommend it to patients.

Not everyone needs a statin, and many may be able to use other options such as high dose, good quality fish oil, changing diet and exercise, fiber supplements (over-the-counter and medication), or red yeast rice, to name a few. Talk with your healthcare provider about what might work best for your situation.


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Reviewed January 12, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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