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Cholesterol Drugs Cause Glaucoma
Benefit greatest: The greatest benefit for protection against glaucoma was in men with cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. The authors believe statins might lower the risk of glaucoma by reducing atherosclerosis in the optic nerve, or by improving blood flow in the eye. Statins might also enhance the ability of cells just in front of the iris to drain excess fluid. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Muscle effects: The effect on muscle tissue depends on the the particular cholesterol lowering drug. Drugs like statins(Lipitor, etc) can cause muscle aches(myalgias) to as severe as myopathy(muscle dysfunction/injury). The myopathy can lead to atrophy. Fibric acid derivates can do this too. Remember though, the more severe muscle issues are very rare on the order of 1-5%. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
78 y/o mother had TIA while prescribed Cardizem. BP still 220/125. Cholesterol was 262 untreated. Was cholesterol the cause? why didn't BP drug work?
Risk factors: The elevation of cholesterol is not directly the cause of the TIA, as a different lipid, triglycerides, is more closely related to cerebrovascular disease. However, the blood pressure is a risk factor for cerebral hemorrhage and must be better controlled. There are multiple medications which help, so, have an internist address this looming problem ASAP!!! ?Start an anti platelet agent? ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several factors: The major cause of blurred vision from glaucoma is related to damage to the optic nerve. The visual information it sends to the brain is not as crisp since some of the "wires" within the nerve are lost. It is similar to a television cable that has been paritally cut, causing the t.V. Image to be less sharp. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many: Primary causes vs. Secondary causes. Genetic predisposition. Anything that damages the eye so that the level of eye pressure is harmful to the optic nerve and causes loss of retinal ganglion cells. The eye drain could be damaged, ocular perfusion could be affected, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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