Clinical Trial of CoQ10 for Mild-to-Moderate Statin-Associated Muscle Symptoms

Status:Active, not recruiting
Conditions:Chronic Pain, Neurology, Hematology
Therapuetic Areas:Hematology, Musculoskeletal, Neurology
Age Range:21 - Any
Start Date:December 2009
End Date:December 2016

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This study will evaluate whether a dietary supplement, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), will improve
muscle symptoms, such as muscle aches, pains, cramps, and/or weakness, which are experienced
by some individuals who use statin medications.

This study will recruit individuals who have had muscle symptoms while using a statin.
During the first part of the study, volunteers will be given a statin medication to see if
their muscle symptoms return. Those who experience muscle symptoms on this statin
rechallenge will be invited to continue in the second part of the trial, in which
participants will be randomly assigned to receive either CoQ10 or a placebo (sugar pill) to
take with statin medication. We hypothesize that those who receive CoQ10 will experience an
improvement in their muscle symptoms compared to those who receive placebo, and,
secondarily, that those who receive CoQ10 will be more likely to continue taking the statin

Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients with a history of muscle symptoms (such as aches, pains, cramps and/or
weakness) while taking a statin drug that persisted for at least 2 weeks on a statin

Exclusion Criteria:

- Plasma creatine kinase levels > 3 times the upper normal limit

- Liver enzymes, alanine transferase (ALT) or aspartate transferase (AST) > 2 times the
upper normal limit

- Pregnancy or breastfeeding (a contraindication for statin use)

- Severe renal impairment, defined as glomerular filtration rate (GFR) < 30 ml/min/1.73

- Bleeding disorder, current use of warfarin, an international normalized ratio (INR)
greater than 1.5, or a platelet count less than 100,000 mm3

- Contraindication to strength testing, including myocardial infarction, unstable
angina, or revascularization procedure within the past six weeks, a history of brain
aneurysm or stroke

- Chest or abdominal surgery within the past six weeks

- Severe persistent pain related to other causes

- Unable to complete self-administered questionnaires, or unable to read or converse in
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330 Brookline Ave
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
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Boston, MA
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