February 2018

Supplements for statin intolerance: Do they work?

About 30% of patients taking statins report muscle symptoms. A recent patient survey found that some healthcare providers recommend taking coenzyme Q10 or vitamin D, or switching to non-statin red yeast to reduce these symptoms. Review our recently updated monographs to find out if people with statin-induced myopathy actually benefit from coenzyme Q10 or vitamin D. And learn why red yeast rice is NOT a good alternative to statins for patients who are intolerant.

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