If you are taking one of the STATIN drugs (e.g.,
Lipitor, Mevacor, Zocor, Pravachol, Lescol, and Baycol), there are some things
you should know. If you are experiencing symptoms of liver
disease (marked by increases in liver enzymes) and myopathy
(muscle weakness and soreness, which may progress to complete
muscle breakdown, or rhabdomyolysis), there are some things
you should know.
These very important symptoms of liver damage and myopathy
are side efects of STATIN drugs.
STATIN drugs block the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase in the liver
which shuts down the liver’s capacity to manufacture
cholesterol, and as a result, cholesterol levels drop. However,
the liver also manufactures coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) in the same
manner. CoQ10 is absolutely essential for without it your cells
are unable to produce energy. Early complications of CoQ10
deficiencies are the liver damage and the myopathies described
The incidence of congestive heart failure has doubled over
the past 12 years. This has coincided with the marked increase
in the use of STATIN drugs. There are 400,000 new cases of
congestive heart failure diagnosed every year. This condition
results from an inability of the heart to pump blood effectively.
Fluid builds up in the extremities and lungs, breathing becomes
difficult, and patients are plagued with weakness and fatigue.
Half of the 4.8 million Americans who currently have congestive
failure will die within five years.
What most experts have failed to do is make the connection
between the use of STATIN drugs and congestive heart failure.
A primary cause of congestive heart failure is cardiomyopathy,
a degeneration of the cardiac muscle. A primary cause of
cardiomyopathy is CoQ10 deficiency, which STATIN drugs
are known to cause. The unexplained increase in heart
coincides with the accelerated use of STATIN drugs over
the past decade.
If you are taking these dangerous STATIN drugs and are experiencing
symptoms of CoQ10 deficiency, please contact your nutritionally
oriented physician who will help you, perhaps to get off
these dangerous drugs completely. There are ways nutritionally
to lower your cholesterol. You really do not need the dangerous
nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.
Director, The Tauraso Medical Clinic