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withdrawal from statins

A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robbin Lee
32 years experience Pharmacology
Cholesterol karma: Lets start by saying statins simply control a risk factor (hypercholesterolemia). There is no evidence that they extend your life. The more important ... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
31 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
46 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 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
statin pain: When statins cause muscle pain, it can be generalized or just localized to the most heavily worked muscle groups. Often the leg muscles in runners or ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
44 years experience Cardiology
Walmart: Lovastatin (mevacor), and pravastatin (pravachol) are available from walmart and many other pharmacies for $4 (for a month's supply). Simvastatin (zoc ... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Ajluni
35 years experience Cardiology
Yes-side effects : Statins have been studied for many years. They are the most effective means of reducing dangerous lipid levels. Side effects include benign muscula ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Statins lower LDL: Hi. Statins are one of the most successful drug classes ever discovered. They lower LDL by increasing LDL receptor expression in the liver and clearin ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
30 years experience Geriatrics
Yes: Used to lower cholesterol, statins can sometimes irritate the liver. More often, they can cause muscle aches & weakness, rarely leading to rhabdomyoly ... Read More
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A 2-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
From a 2 year-old?: The major side effect is muscle ache but muscle cell destruction leading to kidney damage has been reported- although extremely rare. In general, the ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Statins are good: but have unpleasant and sometimes dangerous side effects, better to try diet and exercise first
A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
32 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: The main side effects from statins are that they deplete the body of CoQ10. CoQ10 is a chemical in the mitochondria of your cells and it is a main che ... Read More
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