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Are statins safe

A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Statin medications used to treat high cholesterol are considered safe. As with all medications and medical procedures, we weigh the risks vs. The ben ... Read More
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Dr. Mark Stern
45 years experience Cardiology
Usually: For the vast majority of people they are very safe. For a minority they can irritate the liver or muscles and must be stopped.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Fetto
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
They may have seriou: Statins are immportant in people with both high blood pressure and elevated cholesterols and tri-glicerides. However there are frequent muscle damage ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ira Friedlander
41 years experience Cardiac Electrophysiology
Sounds appropriate.: Statins are safe and any potential side effects (which are rare) are in general reversible. Long term benefit far outweighs risks.
Dr. Julie Abbott
44 years experience Preventive Medicine
I believe statins: are safe and prescribe them frequently in my practice. The uncommon side effects--myositis, liver function abnormalities--are almost always totally re ... Read More
Dr. Olakitan Akinjagunla
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Yes: But at 29 yrs of age,there is mire you can do. Have you tried lifestyle modification. Not knowing all your medical history limits the advice to be giv ... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Statins: As far as we presently know statins are safe over time. There are some questions whether long term there might be some abnormalities of glucose handli ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
They can both: cause liver problems, but statins are much more effective
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
you are mistaken: It's an unfortunate misconception to avoid statins because of their "danger." no other medication class has shown the magnitude of benefit as statins. ... Read More
A 74-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
45 years experience Cardiology
Can be lifelong: No arbitrary cut off . If muscle or liver problems then stop.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lizarraga
15 years experience Internal Medicine
Controversial: Some studies have shown a higher incidence of diabetes in patients on statins, which appears to be dose dependent (higher doses may confer higher risk ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
Yes most of the time: Drs use these drugs to reduce the cholesterol and reduce cardiovascular events in certain high risk populations. Its side effects are monitered by you ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Questionable value: Despite the current dogma there is surprisingly little science showing cholesterol causes heart disease or that statins extend life and they can have ... Read More

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