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Are There Alternatives For Statins
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
For medications no,: but you can reduce your statin dosage with exercise and fish oils either dietary supplement EPA or Vascepa ...Read more
I've heard of bile acid secuestrants as an alternative to statins for high cholesterol. What are the negatives to using them?
Partly helpful.: While bile acid sequestrants can help lower cholesterol, statins not only lower the LDL ("bad cholesterol"), but also have what are termed "pleiotropic effects" upon endothelial function, the stability of atherosclerotic plaques, decreasing oxidative stress and inflammation, and inhibiting the clotting response. Statins seem to have antitumor and other effects as well. ...Read more
My cholesterol test shows a total cholesterol of 242 with HDL 62, triglycerides 115. Is there any alternative to statin? 33 yo mother of 1.
Find and Fix Causes: The first step is to determine why your cholesterol is elevated. Several inherited and acquired medical conditions will affect cholesterol levels. Second, if related conditions are identified i would treat those while also starting diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications. Visit the following site for general diet information: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/cholesterol/cl00002/nsectiongroup=2. ...Read more
Is there an alternative to statins for high cholesterol? I have always eaten well and get exercise, but was put on lovistatin for high cholesterol years ago and chalked it up to heredity. Now both my uncle and mother can't walk because of statins. My un
Yes, there are alternatives to statins for high cholesterol. In fact, there are many options depending on your specific cholesterol profile and your cardiovascular risk. But it is important to understand that statins have an extraordinarily safe track record and they are the absolute best cholesterol drug we have for reducing cardiovascular death. Severe reactions are very rare, but of course it is possible that one or more of your relatives had one of these unfortunate reactions. Rarely, statins can cause muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis). More commonly, they cause reversible muscle aches and pains (myalgias) without actual damage. They can also cause irreversible liver damage, but this is also extremely rare.
Assuming your family is indeed predisposed to statin reactions, there are a few options for you. First, Lovastatin is an intermediate potency statin and may be less likely to cause dangerous side effects. Since you have been fine, you could continue it with careful monitoring from your doctor. Or, if you choose to discontinue statins altogether there are other options. Diet control and exercise may be enough. Or there are other drugs. Niacin, is a natural product that has modest effects on lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) and is excellent at raising HDL (good cholesterol). Ezetemibe is a drug that prevents the absorption of dietary cholesterol, and is safe although there are no studies that proves it has good clinical outcomes (e.g. Prevents death or heart attack). Fenofibrate also can lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while raising hdl.
So, you have lots of options. You should have a careful discussion with your doctor revolving around the potential benefit for you of cholesterol lowering vs. The risk of each of these drugs. ...Read more
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What do doctors think about statins? There is much in alternative medicine saying they may increase rate of Alz & decrease neuroprotective mechanisms.
Alternative??: Statins just may be the most efficient medication line ever created to help lower the death rate of our population. Sure, there are side affects, as with all meds, but the benefit significantly outweighs the risks. Alternative medicine is just that, an alternative view to science and progress. Study hard, young tyro. Good luck. ...Read more
How to prevent cad, i'm 38 with 30% LAD don't want to get any worse, don't like taking statins what other natural alternative is available, please detail.
30% is normal: For your age & shouldn't be an issue. But kudos for wanting to limit its progression. While genetics are a factor, there are steps you can take. Limit alcohol & avoid tobacco smoke. Watch saturated & trams fat intake. Maintain healthy wt & exercise. Dr lustigs' book 'fat chance'is good. Netdiary app can be helpful too. ...Read more
My LDL is 167 and cholesterol is 247. I can't take statins because they cause muscle wasting. Alternatives?
Diet and exercise: There are several non-statin medications that can improve cholesterol numbers, but the majority of evidence suggests that statins are the only agents that actually prevent things like heart attacks and strokes. The most beneficial thing that you can do is to live a healthy lifestyle-healthy eating, regular aerobic exercise, and not smoking. ...Read more
Cadio cath 30%lad blood works normal put on statins can I replace that with fish oil or natural alternative if so what and how much, is 30%lad bad. Ta
No,and maybe: Stains will significantly lower LDL and stabilize plaques and may even cause regression of the plaque. Primary prevention with statins is also well documented. No other agent or class has this data. 30 percent is not bad due to the fact its not blocking flow but can rupture and cause a heart attack. ...Read more
Had a cadio cath via wrist, all normal except LAD 30%, given statins crestor (rosuvastatin) 5mg daily, have liver ezy raised already is there alternative.
I have moderately elevated cholesterol levels, and am prescribe statin drugs. Which control it nicely, but cause erectile dysfunction. Alternatives?
Different dose or me: Compliance with medication is affected when problems arise, especially ed. Try switching to a different statin, lower the dose & combine with another cholesterol medication. Consider a stress test b/c ED and coronary artery blockage are connected. Decrease your animal fat including dairy and eat more plants. Add coq10 200mg to help with statin side effects and fish oil to help with triglyceride. ...Read more
I have taken a statin for 20 years. In the last year, zocor (simvastatin) caused severe muscle cramps. Now lovastatin does too. What alternative to stations?
Statin Alternatives: This is one of the most common issues that come up in my practice. Before changing any statin drugs - it is imperative to know why you are on them. However, there are other drugs choices available - namely Zetia (ezetimibe) - and niacin. Some non-medical alternatives i often discuss with my patients are exercise as well as the use of soluble fiber such as oatmeal and Metamucil on a daily basis. ...Read more
Took statin drugs 9 years side effects made me stop the drug will the 9 years i was on statins be a credit when i get into my 70s and 80's?
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 question would be, what are your current risk factors? Are you eating right? Exercising? Whats your bmi. What's your blood pressure? What's your cholesterol now? Talk to your doc. They can assess your risks and set you on the right course if action. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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