Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Why Are Cholesterol Meds Taken at Bedtime?

Monday, 21 December 2009 11:23 AM

Question: Why are cholesterol medications taken at bedtime?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

The best time to take cholesterol medications (statin treatment with drugs such as Lipitor, Zocor, and Pravachol etc.) is at nighttime when our liver is usually busy synthesizing natural cholesterol. Studies have shown that the equivalent dose taken at night may provide improved cholesterol reduction over similar doses taken during the daytime. You may also consider a preventive dose of CoQ10 supplement (usually 50-100 mg) when you use statin medications. Statins are known to deplete our natural supplies of CoQ10, and deficiencies may cause muscle aches that may be difficult to sort from a rare but serious statin complication called rhabdomyelosis. Muscle pain on statins usually means its time to stop the statin and assess for any sign of rhabdomyolysis. It is far easier to supplement and prevent problems than to deal with protracted muscle aches, not to mention the necessary investigation, interruption in therapy and blood testing that muscle aches on statins may precipitate.

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