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Can cholesterol drugs cause glaucoma?

Can 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 more

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Dr. Maureen Mays
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Hypercholesterolemia (Definition)

↑ed cholesterol (in blood); a specific fat molecule made by every animal cell on planet, part of every animal cell membrane, enables membrane flexibility, cells to change shape, animals to move. Look it up ("cholesterol molecule" works best) on Google & images. Additionally Hi-Fat & Chol foods ↓es measured LDL particles & carbohydrate foods ↑LDL ↓HDL ...Read more


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Which meds besides statins and fibrates to treat high cholesterol?

Which meds besides statins and fibrates to treat high cholesterol?

It's not a statin.: Zetia (ezetimibe) is a cholesterol absorption blocker. By itself, it can lower LDL levels by 18%, which is relatively weak compared to some statins. However, when combined with a statin, it can give much more significant LDL lowering. Ask your doctor if this medication is right for you. Welchol (colesevelam) is a cholesterol absorption blocker of a different type, which may also be effective. ...Read more

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What medications treat atherosclerosis?

What medications treat atherosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis: blood pressure meds, diabetic meds, lipid lowering meds, meds to help stop smoking if necessary, are the main ones ...Read more

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Does stopping anti-psychotic medications reverse antipsychotic-induced diabetes?

Does stopping anti-psychotic medications reverse antipsychotic-induced diabetes?

Not necessarily: There is not a lot known. It may reverse if you lose weight and follow a healthy diet. However, it may be permanent. It is a good idea to have your blood sugar monitored while on an antipsychotic so that any changes can be addressed quickly. ...Read more

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What medications other than crestor (rosuvastatin) are available for lowering blood lipids?

What medications other than crestor (rosuvastatin) are available for lowering blood lipids?

Many types available: Crestor (rosuvastatin) is a "statin" medication, usually the class that is first choice in patients that need cholesterol lowering. There are 7 different statins available in the us, several generic now. In addition other classes of lipid altering agents can help when statins are not enough or not tolerated. Bile acid sequestrants, niacin, fibrates and ezetimibe (blocks cholesterol absorption). See a doctor. ...Read more

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Why would statin medications contraindict with the Lupus medications ?

Why would statin medications  contraindict with the Lupus  medications ?

Statins and lupus: Some studies indicate statins would be beneficial in lupus as this autoimmune disease accelerates atherosclerosis or plaquing of the arteries. However some animal studies have shown the oppisite effect. There is a human clinical study going on right now to evaluate the side effects. The contraindication has been that it increases muscle pain and weakness in lupus patients, Hope this helps ...Read more

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Which drugs reduce cholesterol levels?

Which drugs reduce cholesterol levels?

Cholesterol Meds: Medications that lower cholesterol well include Simvastatin, Atorvastatin, Rosuvastatin. These medications also have benefit in reducing the risk of heart disease. Zetia (ezetimibe) is decent in combination with one of the aforementioned medication, but not by itself. Niacin helps too. ...Read more

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Under various BP medication like -Olmesarten, Amlodipine and Metoprolol. Would taking CoQ10 (Ubiquinol) interact with these prescription drugs ?

Under various BP medication like -Olmesarten, Amlodipine and Metoprolol. Would taking CoQ10 (Ubiquinol) interact with these prescription drugs ?

CoQ10: 35 F from down under notes on olmedartan amlodipine metro pro lol wants to take CoQ10. Asks: interaction with BP MEDS. ANS:: prob not but waste of money. You should also be on diuretic for BP is not at goal. If blood K evern low ask test to test for primary Aldo. I specialize in HBP happy to do 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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I have raised cholesterol numbers and statin drugs vs. supplements as cholestacare?

Total risk: It's not wise to treat lab abnormalities in a vacuum. If your total cardiac risk exceeds 7.5% ten year risk, or if you have established vascular disease, a statin is advised (2013 Adult Treatment Panel guidelines, American Heart Assoc) since they've been shown repeatedly to lower risk while supplements and non-statin meds are either ineffective or minimally so. ...Read more

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Can statin drugs increase creatinine level?

Can statin drugs increase creatinine level?

Yes: While very uncommon, all of the statin drugs have been known to cause muscle injury. The release from injured muscle of a substance called myoglobin can plug up the kidneys and cause the creatinine to rise. However, under those circumstances there is usually significant muscle pain or weakness and often the urine has a reddish appearance. Also a muscle enzyme (CPK) will be strikingly elevated. ...Read more

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Are migraine medications addictive?

Are migraine medications addictive?

None: Pharmacologic management for migraine involves abortive therapy for the acute, occasional migraine attack, and prophylactic therapy for the more chronic and disabling attacks. None of the medications are addictive. ...Read more

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Do cholesterol lowering drugs cause muscle atrophy?

Do cholesterol lowering drugs cause muscle atrophy?

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 more

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Can high cholesterol be inherited?

Can high cholesterol be inherited?

Yes: Although what you eat affects your cholesterol, the tendency to a high cholesterol is inherited. Certain types result in extremely high cholesterol levels. ...Read more

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Are you prescribed questran (cholestyramine) for high cholesterol.?

Are you prescribed questran (cholestyramine) for high cholesterol.?

Questran (cholestyramine): Questran (cholestyramine) can be used for management of high lipids. It is not usually a first line agent, but used in patients who are sensitive to statins or have elevated triglycerides that have not responded to statin therapy. It is usually added to another therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
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High Cholesterol (Definition)

A condition in which high amounts of cholesterol (a fat made by cells in your body) are ...Read more