• Les Les
    January 12, 2009
    Does COQ10 help with nocturnal leg cramps? If so, what's a good dosage?
    Les Les
    January 12, 2009

    COQ10 for leg cramps

    I have been on Lipitor for many years. I started to develop horrible cramps in calves, ankles and feet at night. I have read that COQ10 is helpful so I have started taking some but I am unsure of how much can be taken safely. Does anybody else take this?



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  • robsv1 November 27, 2010
    November 27, 2010

    I have been up and down with statins for several years (because of cramps in legs, feet, hands and neck muscles). Some cardiologists look at my LDL and if it's more than 70, want to double my dose of statins. I finally found a doctor in New Orleans (where I spend a lot of time). He's a nephrologist. He stopped my Simvastatin for 2 weeks, then started me on Crestor 5mg, plus CO-Q10 and Trilipix. Bingo! The cramps were minimal.

    When I got back to Boston the cardio at my HMO doubled my Crestor dose and after a week or so I had bad cramps again. We tried doubling it on M-W-F only, but the cramps continued until I went back to 5mg. Along with the lower dose of Crestor my NOLA doctor suggested I use tonic water with quinine. I drink at least 1/2 liter per day of that. When I stop it, I get cramps. 

  • John Lowe December 25, 2009
    John Lowe
    December 25, 2009

    I've been taking CoQ10 for about a month.  Two friends suggested I  try it to relieve nocturnal leg cramps.  So far, I'm pleased with the results and plan to continue taking this supplement.  Right now I take 200 mg once a day.

  • sharrue April 11, 2010
    April 11, 2010

    I have the tendancy toward leg cramps when taking cholesterol meds, so my doc put me on what she termed the 'maximum dose of 400 mg per day'.  Cholesterol meds deplete COQ10.  My cholesterol is 344 and I am only on 5 mg of Crestor and taking 400 mg of COQ10 and still having leg cramps.  Go figure!

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