• Who is taking a statin, for cholesterol? Do you take anything else like CoQ10 or any other vitamins or supplements that are supposed

    Asked by GregP_WN on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    Who is taking a statin, for cholesterol? Do you take anything else like CoQ10 or any other vitamins or supplements that are supposed

    to protect your heart?

    26 Answers from the Community

    26 answers
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I take 20mg of Lipitor every night. After I take that, I eat a lot of cheese (unfortunately). I also have had ocular migraines since early childhood; that puts me into a high-risk category for strokes. I don't take any vitamins.

      about 2 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      in 90 days I was urinating black for months and months, had foot cramps, back spasms and I don't have a bad back, my feet swelled up like when I was pregnant, my tendons are still twisted in my feet and I have to wear heavy padded Marine Corps socks for ankle and arch support. My Achilles Tendons went out and the right one ruptured. It lput me on sinus medication for the rest of my life, sores in my mouth. I lost my ability to handle heat, and I dehydrate easily-probably because of what statins did to my kidneys.

      I had a screaming fit, when I had a scan to check my heart to see if statins damaged my heart. Wasn't statin to help my cardio-arterial system? THEY RUINED MY LIFE MORE THAN CANCER

      about 2 years ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      I do take CoQ10, because I read about it somewhere. My doctors are ok with it. Since I am HER2+, I figure I should keep my heart as healthy as possible just in case I need to get Herceptin again. I also lost weight and eat a lot more fruits and vegetables to help with my numbers as well.

      about 2 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I don't take anything. Some of my friends give their dogs CoQ10. I don't know if they also take it :)

      about 2 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Live, what are the reasons for giving it to their dogs? The same as for people? Interesting.

      about 2 years ago
    • Jouska's Avatar
      Jouska

      I have known people with large dogs to give them Cosequin for joints, but I don't think that is what CoQ10 is. The reading I did indicated it was an enzyme. Why do you take it Greg?

      about 2 years ago
    • Jouska's Avatar
      Jouska

      I should clarify what does it a do in terms of benefit if one is taking a statin?

      about 2 years ago
    • msesq's Avatar
      msesq

      I took several statins but they all gave me horrible foot cramps nightly. I was switched to Niacin and had a horrible reaction to it, I woke up in the middle of the night with my face beet red and burning. I was then switches to Cholestid which makes me constipated. I'm ready to give up and try Red Yeast and CoQ10 because the RX I have taken all have nasty side effects

      about 2 years ago
    • Overlyaverage's Avatar
      Overlyaverage

      I was taking a statin for high colesterol until liver enzymes started to spike. It was a great relief to find out I didn't have liver cancer and the cause was the statin. I didn't know statins are hard on the liver. My primary doctor stopped the statin saying she didn't think the statin was the cause and my oncologist seemed to have missed the statin prescription.

      about 2 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Don't ask me how I forgot--I'm changing oncologist and clinic-the Mustang broke down (spark plug popped from engine block-they cut out the spark plug hole, weld in a heavy square metal plug with a drilled spark plug hole, and set in the spark plug-common occurance on early 21st century Mustang engine blocks-do you think the metlurgists made an error)

      But I had a statin seizure at the doctor's office, and that was several weeks after I stopped statin.

      about 2 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      CoQ 10 and dogs---CoQ10 helps keep fat in our blood and has vitamins and oils that protect the liver and kidneys. They make it specifically for dogs- It also helps dogs' joints. Also oils like this help dogs not to itch. I share my fish oil with my hounds-vets' orders.

      about 2 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      I sometimes take a type of C0Q10 called 'ubiquinol'. It is more easily absorbed by the body. I take it to help my heart stay on track.

      If one takes C0Q10, please do not eat soursop or drink soursop tea. These two things are contraindicated and sort of cancel each other's effectiveness out. The combo wont kill you but will make your heart palpatate and the soursop cant do its job.

      To calm down the liver one either drinks milk thistle seed tea or takes a standardized supplement with 80% silymarin (200 mg). Studies in Sweeden said to do this 3x/day. Taking more will act as a laxative. Artichokes and beets are great liver foods. So are the leaves of the common dandelion.

      Dandelion heads have essential fatty acids (fish oil takers are seeking this). I combined 4 herbs into a tea to help my liver enzymes keep normal and was successful.

      If one has high cholesterol, first find out what 'high' is in the doctor's estimation. The body uses cholesterol to sooth inflammation so 200 is not a high number for cancer patients. There are at least 3 types of cholesterol. Find out your proportions. Do a little research. Learn about HDL v LDL. Total cholesterol number is a fooler.

      To reduce cholesterol try kyolic garlic (concentrated extract), try red rice yeast, try IP6 or simply eat helpful foods. Garlic, onions, turmeric help to flavor the foods which you do eat and allow you to be kinder to yourself.

      I soak and eat chia seed for breakfast which stands in for fish oil. Flax is said to do similar good.

      Eating in great variety, organically when at all possible, allows one to use food for vitamins and minerals. I need to stsrt work on my garden just as soon as I can get some bills off my head and relax.

      What I state is from my own experience and may or may not hold true for anyone else. (my new disclaimer :-))

      Best wishes

      about 2 years ago
    • Dltmoll's Avatar
      Dltmoll

      I do take a statin, as my cholesterol levels went way up this year (kind of a mystery why, as I've been a weight watcher forever and really eat fairly well.) Previously I had been on Crestor and then simvastatin; both gave me horrific leg cramps so I went off for a couple of years, since even though my cholesterol level was high my HDL levels were high enough that my doctor had not been concerned. Now on pravastatin and CoQ10/Ubiquinol and so far so good.

      about 2 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Greg,, You have to take CoQ10. That's one reason I had such a terrible time.

      The doctor I had actually cried and told me that he was taught in medical school that CoQ10 was an expensive placebo for attention seekers. You know there are different types of fats in our systems-some good- some bad like low density lipids. Like Fish oil is good- and there are even some fish oils that are better than other ones.

      CoQ10 gives us the type of oils that protect our tendons, kidneys (they told me that I'd be on dialisys by now), the liver, and heart. I was told that the big heart muscle is especially susceptible to damage from statins.

      CoQ10- is like fertilizer to our innards and brain-yes it also causes a type of dementia and causes premature aging.

      I was put on CoQ10 to prevent further statin damage. Some people have statin toxicity in a week of taking statins, and some people can take it for years and then their kidneys and tendons go out. For God's sake-- protect your life and limbs and take CoQ10. I'm begging you

      about 2 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      A real queston @GregP_WN is why are you taking statins?

      You dont HavE to take ubiquinol, a more bioavailable form of C0Q10. You could eat it. It exists in food. I dont eat much meat so I take a pill when I feel I need it. The simple food list is about the middle of the page.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubiquinol

      When I first began to understand my mold allergy, I followed a doctor's advice and took an old statin (the very first one developed) which binded to the mold and gave me my brains back.

      But I knew I couldnt use it all the time so I concentrated in finding other binders. The statins bind in the same way with cholesterol and remove them from your body when you pass the statin as stool.

      I know you loves your ice cream and that you have swallowing issues but I urge you to find other ways to sustain yourself.

      I could explain to you how to make ice cream from fruit using little or no sugar that wont cause cholesterol issues. You can, similarly make pudding from fruit

      Dairy really sux when it comes to mucus and cholesterol issues. Every other species weans itself except humans.

      Big pharma doesnt give anything for free. First you pay for the drug to fix your health challenge. Then you pay for more drugs to counteract the side effects of the first drug in a never ending spiral until you are either broke or dead. So far, you are neither.

      Hoping to keep you alive and in the money. Best wishes

      about 2 years ago
    • SteveG's Avatar
      SteveG

      I take the lowest dose of Lipitor and nothing else. No problems.

      about 2 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Geekling I sent Greg a medical page that also lists natural foods that have CoQ10, besides the reasons why to take CoQ10-that it's a natural thing in our body, but like other things our bodies produce less as we age.

      The page listed statin side effects-diabetes-live-kidney problems- rhambodolysis or how ever you say that-dementia,

      I did mention that a French doctor that prescribes a statin without CoQ10 goes to prison, a law since the 1990s.

      about 2 years ago
    • Janetspringer's Avatar
      Janetspringer

      I've been on the generic of Lipitor, but has been having horrible leg pain.

      about 2 years ago
    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      I was on Simvistatin for years and it controlled my cholesterol levels just fine. It was about a year ago that I was at my Cardiologist for a visit. I told him how much pain I was in, all the time. Muscle pain. Arms, legs, shoulders, etc. He pulled up my med list on his computer and said: "I see the problem right here". It was the Simvistatin. He took me off of it and started me on Pravastatin and I haven't had a problem since. But now that I am reading all of these replies I am going to speak with my Oncologist about the CoQ10 and ask his thoughts about me taking it. I'm already stage 3 kidney failure (RCC) and I also have a hereditary liver disease called Hemochromatosis. I wonder if the CoQ10 would interact with my heart meds - warfarin, metoprolol, and Tikosyn and if there would be a chance it could help my partial kidney and liver. I've made a note to ask on my next visit. Thanks for mentioning it.

      about 2 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Janet horrible leg pain can be a side effect of statin gone wrong--there are plenty of other things that can cause leg pain.

      Talk to you doctor about CoQ10, if you already don't take it.

      about 2 years ago
    • hippgolovchen's Avatar
      hippgolovchen

      After taking lovastation for 15 or 20 years I started getting really horrific leg cramps. Not normal leg cramps. I don't think it is connected. I have been taking 2 calcium pills nightly for five years, since being diagnosed with bone cancer. Also a monthly Xgeeva shot. Bone cancer and lung cancer came from estrogen receptive breast cancer. I also take an estrogen blocker. A couple weeks ago I started taking magnesium and so far....I haven't had leg cramps.

      about 2 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      hipp it sounds like you're doing well-- not all leg and foot cramps are caused by the same thing---We just have to try things and hope for the best-------
      Thanks for sharing.

      about 2 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      70%+ of the country, perhaps even the world, is a 1/2 a pint low on magnesium. A regular influx of the mineral selenium seems to make a difference regarding breast cancer. Selenium is in certain nuts (Brazil nuts) and in big quantity in cephalopods (like squid).

      We have allowed what we call agriculture to take and take. Unlike what are thousands upon thousands of years of traditional food growing, the soil is not allowed to rest, to be fed, to rebuild. This has resulted in large swathes of minerally deprived area in which Big Agra grows the stuff passed off as food.

      Rice, these days, has so much arsenic in itself from the soil in which it is grown that it is reccommended that rice either be boiled like spaghetti or soaked for a while and then the water discarded prior to cooking.

      I urge everyone, if and when possible, to eat freshly and cleanly. If you cant afford the organic prices, grow your own.

      I hope Bayer is disallowed from saving Monsanto. Genetically modified and poisoned while growing has proven to be of no benefit to the species. People are still hungry. Chemical poisons do not sustain. Mom Nature's vitamins and minerals extracted from living and growing soil and the fruit and vegetables which are born, grow, and ripen, then return into the soil, sustain living creatures.

      Bah humbug.

      about 2 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I am on Lipitor because of the TIA I had four years ago. It gives me cramps in every muscle I have other than that I don't have any other side effects.

      about 2 years ago
    • Paperpusher's Avatar
      Paperpusher

      I just looked this up. Hubby has been getting spasms on the top of his right foot for the last 3 weeks. At first they were so painful that he thought the muscles were going to rip. Did he go to a doctor? Nope. Just not him. He's on two statins for a long time. We asked about CoQ10 a few years ago and his cardiologist said it was a bunch of bull. Hubby has had a stroke too. I've put him on some magnesium powder since he was pulled off that during chemo over 4 years ago. It was getting better then he sat there one evening poking the spot and irritated it again with my yelling at him. He has a call in to his neurologist but he doesn't want to go for another week. Time to talk to someone else. He was also pulled off folic acid in June bc he was diagnosed with the MTHFR gene mutation. None of his drs want to take responsibility for putting him on L'MethylFolate so we don't know what's going on.

      about 1 month ago

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