Pass this on to your loved ones! Most people are not aware of this and it is rather alarming. Coenzyme Q10 (aka CoQ10), is made by the same enzyme in your body as cholesterol. When you take cholesterol lowering drugs you end up shutting down your body's production of CoQ10 which is crucial for your cells to produce energy. Cholesterol lowering drugs are known to cause muscle cell damage. This not only affects skeletal muscle tissue but heart muscle tissue as well. This is known to cause muscle pain in many people and cause rhabdomyolysis (destruction of muscle tissue).