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Are statins safe?

Are statins safe?

Yes: Statin medications used to treat high cholesterol are considered safe. As with all medications and medical procedures, we weigh the risks vs. The benefits. The risks of statins is very low (may adversely affect the liver but this is rare) and the benefits are great (significant reduction in heart disease and stroke.) discuss this with your doctor, in light of your individual medical conditions. ...Read more

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Statins (Definition)

Several drugs exist which lower cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme in liver cells (hmg-coa reductase) that is involved in cholesterol synthesis. These all have generic names that end in -statin, e.g. Atorvastatin (lipitor) and Simvastatin (zocor). Since nearly all of the meds in this class have been shown to have similar cardiovascular benefits, we often discuss them ...Read more


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Are statins safe, and which ones are safer than others? I read in several places to watch out for muscle pains.

Are statins safe, and which ones are safer than others? I read in several places to watch out for muscle pains.

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 associatred with their long term usage. ...Read more

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Are statin drugs safe for long-term use? I take 5 mg. Crestor (rosuvastatin) 5 x week. It's keeping my numbers in check, but at what cost over time? 48 yr old male.

Are statin drugs safe for long-term use? I take 5 mg. Crestor (rosuvastatin) 5 x week. It's keeping my numbers in check, but at what cost over time? 48 yr old male.

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 handling produced. There are liver and other abnormalities which we've seen with statins that sometimes require the statin to be withdrawn. The great majority of patients on statins have no problems to the present time. ...Read more

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Is zocor (simvastatin) (a statin drug) safe in terms of lasting side effects?

Is zocor (simvastatin) (a statin drug) safe in terms of lasting side effects?

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 your doctor. Labs for liver enzymes and muscle damage are drawn on a regular basis. Its a safe drug used over a long time period if used properly. Like anything else risk vs benefit should be evaluated when starting a pt on a medicine. ...Read more

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Given the dangers of using statins is there a safer substitute for that medication?

Yes, glad you asked: New research is looking into the whole question of avoiding unnecessary use of statins. Here's a piece of the info - follow the links and ask your doctor to check it out too. Dr. Randy baker (here on healthtap) is quite knowledgeable on this topic. Search him out here. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long is it safe to take statins?

Statins: At the present time we have no time limit to statin length of therapy. Some recent studies suggest there may be glucose intolerance associated with long term statin use but we don't know if this is significant. As long as no serious side effects in the individual patient, it appears they are long term safe. If significant side effects, we stop the agent. ...Read more

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Does statin really elevates risk for diabetes? How could one know whether it is safe to take statin if there is no obvious risk factor for diabetes?

Does statin really elevates risk for diabetes? How could one know whether it is safe to take statin if there is no obvious risk factor for diabetes?

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). This may just be because the people who need higher doses of statins may be more likely to develop diabetes, rather than the medicine causing diabetes. I would take it if recommended by your doc and try to follow a healthy lifestyle! ...Read more

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If I have a genetic cholesterol problem, is there a safe way to wean and stay off statins? Is it possible with diligence to diet?

If I have a genetic cholesterol problem, is there a safe way to wean and stay off statins? Is it possible with diligence to diet?

No clear answer: Generally, aerobic exercise & a diet low in saturated fat/cholesterol is good for keeping cholesterol controlled. Almonds, walnuts, tofu, fiber, plant sterols/stannols, fish oil, vegan diet can be helpful. In certain cases, some treatments are more appropriate than others; e.g. Fish oil lowers tg but can raise ldl; best off asking your family doc or getting 2nd opinion (genetic problems differ). ...Read more

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Have high cholesterol, scared to take statins due to diabetes risk in women from drug,is this a real risk,is there a safer way to lower, like sterols?

Have high cholesterol, scared to take statins due to diabetes risk in women from drug,is this a real risk,is there a safer way to lower, like sterols?

Need more info: How high is your cholesterol? What other risk factors, if any, do you have? How likely are you be compliant with a rigorous dietary regimen? It would be prudent to consult your doctor and may be a nutritionist to see if diet and exercise would work for you. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I take 20mg lipitor, (atorvastatin) my cholesterol was222 but is under 100 now. Should I stop taking this statin. I want to take moringa. Is it safe to take the 2?

I take 20mg lipitor, (atorvastatin) my  cholesterol  was222 but is under 100 now. Should I stop taking this statin. I want to take moringa. Is it safe to take the 2?

Moringa?: Had to look up Moringa. It is an herbal tea that is supposed to help a whole host of ailments. could not find any contraindications to use with any specific drug. Probably ok to use with lipitor, (atorvastatin) a statin. Ck with nutritionist. You got a remarkable reduction in your cholesterol with only 20 of Lipitor (atorvastatin). Check with ur doc if dose appropriate 4 u. Need to know ur LDL & HDL before & since therapy. ...Read more

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Is it safe to stop a statin whilst taking antibiotics for 1 week ..Will it affect my cholestrol ?

Is it safe to stop a statin whilst taking antibiotics for 1 week ..Will it affect my cholestrol ?

Not recommended: You should not stop your statin while you are on antibiotic. If you're concerned about interaction with statin you need to discuss this with your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Just stopped taking statins due it muscle aches is it now safe to take red yeast rice?

Just stopped taking statins due it muscle aches is it now safe to take red yeast rice?

Maybe: Not sure which statin you were on nor the dose of the one you discontinued. But "red yeast rice" actually contains a low dose of a statin. Look at the active ingredients. Alot of people donot realise that red yeast rice has a statin in it, albeit a low dose. Before you start red yeast rice, therefore, get a baseline if CPK value. ...Read more

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Is red rice yeast safe for someone who can't take statins due to joint pain? All the research says u.S only allows a trace of ingredient in them.

Is red rice yeast safe for someone who can't  take statins due to joint pain?  All the research  says u.S only allows a trace of ingredient in them.

Depends: Ryr is a statin - it is not regulated by the fda. Statins do not cause joint pain or arthritis. They do cause muscle pain. The side effect is dose related. Smaller doses are often tolerated even in people who haven't tolerated a variety of statins at standard doses. Ryr may also cause muscle pain, depending on the amount you take and the concentration of statin in your batch. ...Read more

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Is niacin 500mg daily a safe dose for LDL reduction therapy before prescribing a statin for high cholesterol? Patient is 29 yr old male

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Yes: That is the regular starting dose for niacin. Have exercise, weight loss and diet already been tried? That would be my first recommendation. If Niacin is ineffective, statins my be considered. Niacin and statins were routinely used together in the past but this has fallen out of favor after the results of the recent aim-high trial. ...Read more

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I have heart failure with ejection fraction 25% and on cyclosporin with elevated cholesterol and 3 vessel cad. Is it safe for me to take statin?

I have heart failure with ejection fraction 25% and on cyclosporin with elevated cholesterol and 3 vessel cad. Is it safe for me to take statin?

Can be a problem: Cyclosporin and statins generally do not mix well. Fluvastatin is the least likely statin to interact with Cyclosporin. Statin therapy is very important when you have severe coronary artery disease. So, consult your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Is coq10 (ubiquinol 50 mg) safe for chf/ckd patient? Was on statin, discontinued 6 months ago due to neuropathic issues, myoglobin in urine, but muscle loss persist. What is a good test for cariomyopathy and which specialist treats myog/muscle loss?

Is coq10 (ubiquinol 50 mg) safe for chf/ckd patient? Was on statin, discontinued 6 months ago due to neuropathic issues, myoglobin in urine, but muscle loss persist. What is a good test for cariomyopathy and which specialist treats myog/muscle loss?

Yes: Studies of coenzyme Q10 use in patients with CHF were dosed at 100 mg 3 times a day and studies showed improved exercise tolerance. Studies of coenzyme Q10 for statin-induced muscle aches are typically dosed around 200 mg once a day. Testing for cardiomyopathy requires a full cardiac workup by a cardiologist, treating muscle loss depends on the cause, consult your internist ...Read more

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Statin pain duration ?

Statin pain duration
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Muscle pain: Statins are well known to cause muscle pain and to a lesser degree joint pain. You can take vitamins coq10 150- 200 mg per day to help your symptoms. If no releif you have to contact your doctor for further management. ...Read more

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Where will statin pain occur?

Where will statin pain occur?

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 exercise walkers. It is often helped by coq empirically but should be evaluated by your dr. ...Read more

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Can statins lead to one-sided pain?

Possibly: Statins can cause muscle pain. This is usually in the legs. Talk to your primary care and depending on your health and the timing they may offer you other options from the statin. ...Read more

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Why are generic statins so expensive?

Statins: Generic statins are much cheaper than branded statins. They are still more expensive than we'd like probably because they still sell despite the price. ...Read more

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What are the downsides of using statins?

What are the downsides of using statins?

Many!: Liver disease, diarrhea, muscle aches (one form called myopathy can be quite serious). It's not a benign drug by any stretch. That is why lifestyle changes are still recommended as the first step. The problem is that most people won't do that. However, changing your diet and lifestyle is far cheaper, safer, and longer-lasting. ...Read more

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What's the cheapest effective statin drug?

Walmart: Lovastatin (mevacor), and pravastatin (pravachol) are available from walmart and many other pharmacies for $4 (for a month's supply). Simvastatin (zocor) is available generically but costs about $30 for a month's supply (20 mg). Atorvastatin (lipitor) has also become generic but i don't have access to the price. A double strength pill of any of the above cut in half will cut your cost in half. ...Read more

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Why do statins need to be taken at bedtime?

Why do statins need to be taken at bedtime?

Increased efficacy: The thought is that cholesterol formation in the liver is highest when sleeping, so a shorter acting statin would have the highest blood levels in the blood if taken at bedtime. Some statins that have a longer time in the blood, so less of an issue. According to their fda package inserts: pravachol, crestor, and Lipitor (atorvastatin) can be taken at any time. Zocor is reported to take in evening. ...Read more

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Could anyone tell me anything about statins?

Great when indicated: statins have been revolutionary in the treatment of vascular disease; in general the popular press and internet have greatly exaggerated their risk/benefit profile. for example, if you've had a heart attack, taking a statin will decrease your yearly risk of heart attack by 10% - 1 in 10. the risk is a 1 in 10,000 chance of severe muscle issues, a 1 in 50,000 chance of severe liver issues ...Read more

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What is the best time of day to take statins?

Evening: The best time is when you remember to take it. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: statins?

Class of medications: Several drugs exist which lower cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme in liver cells (hmg-coa reductase) that is involved in cholesterol synthesis. These all have generic names that end in -statin, e.g. Atorvastatin (lipitor) and Simvastatin (zocor). Since nearly all of the meds in this class have been shown to have similar cardiovascular benefits, we often discuss them as a group: statins. ...Read more

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Is there any side efect of statin if yes then what?

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 muscular aches (10%) all the way up to rhabdomyolisis (1 in 5000). One percent show transient liver enzyme elevations of significance . Rarely these can lead to liver injury. Other side effects like memory/cognitive losses, GI or visual abnl occur also. ...Read more

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What are the negative health effects of statin drugs?

Statins: read this: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/statin-side-effects/art-20046013

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Is it true that when i start taking statin I should take it for life?

Depends on how much: You can control your LDL cholesterol with diet and exercise. Oftentimes, LDL chol level is genetically determined and not affected by life style changes. If this is the case, answer is yes. If not, you can taper and even stop when your LDL chol is back to normal levels. This is for primary risk reduction. If you already had a cv event such as stroke or heart attack, again yes. ...Read more

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How often should you get tested when taking statin for high colustrol?

Statin: It will take about 6 weeks on a stable dose and diet to know what the statin dose will accomplish. If not at goal at that time, diet or dose adjustment will be needed. Many drs. Check earlier to be sure no other problems are appearing. Once goal or equilibrium has been reached, infrequent rechecks are appropriate. ...Read more