I'm wondering if it is advisable to reduce my statin dose? I'm currently taking 80mg of atorvastatin and my cholesterol level has been stable at 2.1 for over a year, since just after my heart attack.
I understand that for those who have suffered a heart attack statins offer other benefits such as plaque stability and inflammation reduction as well as reducing cholesterol levels but there are potentially downsides to long term use of statins. Can I still get the positives from a reduced dose?
I spoke with one GP who said that 80mg is the dose recommended by NICE and he wouldn't advise anything other than what's written, whilst another GP was more open to reducing the dose. I've got an appointment with my cardiologist soon and will run it by him but would appreciate peoples thoughts prior to that.
Also, the way statins work means that enzyme CoQ10 production by the body is severely impacted but I've read that CoQ10 supplements may affect some of the other drugs I'm on. I asked both GP's recently and neither have even heard of CoQ10!... Any thoughts/advice?
Hope you're all feeling well.