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Muscle weakness with statins deserves a black-box warning

MagazineOctober 2002 (Vol. 13 Issue 7)Muscle weakness with statins deserves a black-box warning

Two correspondents - in WDDTY vol 12 no 11 and vol 13 no 3 - reported muscle weakness after taking simvastatin

Two correspondents - in WDDTY vol 12 no 11 and vol 13 no 3 - reported muscle weakness after taking simvastatin. Statins block the body's synthesis of coenzyme Q10, possibly causing the myopathy. Dr Julian Whitaker, a US physician interested in nutritional treatments, has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to require a warning insert on all statin drugs that supplemental coenzyme Q10 may be necessary when taking these drugs. - Jerome McGlynn, Philadelphia, USA


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