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Most Effective Statin With The Fewest Side Effects
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
Yes: The most common side effects from statins include 1) myalgia and increased CPK from skeletal muscle and 2) elevated liver function tests reflecting liver inflammation. A vast majority of these side effects are benign. There have been instances of severe skeletal muscle damage or severe liver damage but these episodes are very unusual. ...Read more
Liver and myalgias: Statins are beneficial in both primary and secondary prevention of CAD in high risk patients including diabetics. The biggest concern with using them involve a 5-10% incidence of myalgia. Liver enzyme elevation (>3x normal) occurs 1% of the time. These side effects reverse with cessation of the statin. Dangerous side effects like rhabdomyolisis are rare (1 in several thousand patients). ...Read more
Yes: You may simply stop. There is no need to wean statin medications. ...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? What's 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
Bit diverse: Statins have been getting a bad RAP re: adverse effects. Many symptoms are attributed to statins, but often are not truly related. Muscle aches of a certain type, abnormal liver function tests, vague abdominal discomfort, minor elevation of blood sugar levels, may be noted. Key things to note are that these symptoms & signs are actually uncommon & tend to be dose dependent. Reducing dose helps. ...Read more
Statin side effects: Hopefully you will have none! Most people do not. I find zocor (simvastatin) or Simvastatin to have the most. Leg cramps are common with this one along with muscle aches. Sometimes coq 10 helps these side effects. Grapefruit juice should be avoided since it can increase blood levels of some of the statins. You should really have a discussion with your doc since many of the statins are now generic and cheap. ...Read more
Is there any advantages with taking statins compared to an alternate ie fabrizate as not everyone is convinced by Statins due some side effects?
Statins have been around since the 1980s and there is lots of evidence that independent of their lipid lowering benefit, they are anti-oxidants, stabilize endothelium and are anti-inflammatory. They significantly reduce ones risk of an adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular event for these reasons in addition to reducing cholesterol numbers.
Lessen you dosage: Consult with your doctor. The rx instructions indicate a reduction of dosage is in order under the guidance of your doctor. A pill splitter can cut the pills in half to give you half dose. You can eliminate certain days a week to cut your overall dose. I know a person that reduce their dose to taking only 5 mg once per week - approved by their doctor, and is doing well.. ...Read more
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
43y/o male 6' 175lb had cto LAD stented. LDL little high but lpa high, 120mg/dl. How to lower lpa? Having rough time w/ statins side effects.
Niacin: Although LPa is an established risk factor for coro art disease it is unclear wether treating it leads to reduce cardiac events unlike lowering LDL.Niacin is the only known medicine to lower LPa It also lowers LDL and triglyceride. If you absolutely is intolerant to statins, Niacin maybe an alternative, that is if you can take it which a few people can't ...Read more
What other options does someone have who has hyperlipidemia but has statin intolerance? BTW CoQ10 does nothing to help with the statin side-effects.
Usually none: But muscle effects should be closely monitored. ...Read more
Potentials: Statins do cause muscular adverse events, and one can experience pain, aching, weakness, and rarely, rhabdomyolysis. Most common is effect on muscle, but rarely, also, effect on peripheral nerve. Your prior polio might make the adverse events far more intense, if they occur, but there is no increased risk of muscle or nerve adverse events in those with prior polio. ...Read more
Reduces side effects:
CoQ10 is essential for health and statins significantly lower CoQ10. I recommend EVERY person taking statins also take CoQ10 to reduce side effects- see https://drsarahbrewer. Com/statins-and-co-enzyme-q10
Many who are given statins may be better off without them; see http://tinyurl. Com/axtab4d
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I was advised to start statins to lower my total chol and tryglycer. How common are muscle side effects?
Very: First, get help from a functional medicine physician in your area by going to a4m.Com and using doctor locator function to determine with vap cholesterol if you really need such an over-prescribed med. Then if you really do take coq 10 and l- glutamine along with the statin to help avoid the problems. Google steve sinatra md book for more details. ...Read more
Was put on statin-20mg by primary doctor. Taken it for 15 days. Cardiologist said don't need statin. Should leaving it suddenly now cause side effects?
Statin: Withdrawal of statin even rapid shouldn't cause a significant side effect. ...Read more
HDL 45, LDL 170 total 246 - doctor wants me to start statins. Concerned about sideffects/ intolerance. Are statins safe? Are side effects reversible?
After how long a patient may start experiencing side effects like muscle weakness from statins use?
Statin myopathy: Statin myopathy comes in a variety of different forms, but most typically patients will be on a statin for at least several months and up to a year before developing symptoms, although there are cases where symptoms have been revealed in a month. This distinct to the specific autoimmune syndrome which is necrotizing and associated with specific antibodies. ...Read more
Is ubiquinol better than coenzyme q for treating/preventing statin induced side effects such as myalgias?
Ubiquinol is reduced coenzymeq10, it is purified version of coenzyme
coenzyme10 has ubiquinol and ubiqunone. Ubiqunone is not very active so in ubiquinol you get the active form, so you have to take half the amont of coenqymeq10
they are both effective for prevention of myalgia due to statins. ...Read more
Total chol-216, hdl-40, Ldl-109, triglycerides-335. Total chol 256 March '13. Dr. Wanted statins. Have had side effects. Fish oil and lost 15lbs.
Lipid profile: It's great you lost weight, butyYour triglycerides are too high. Some statins cause problems, but others a worth a try. Fish oil has been advocated for reducing production of these compounds, but it is often the reduction in consumption of foods that promote triglycerides that does this (i.e. during dieting). Another lipid profile is a good idea at this time. ...Read more
Recent Angiogram after chest pain revealed ‘mild 25-49% coronary artery disease CAD RADS 2. Are statins essential worried heard bad side effects?
Take statin: You have some coronary artery atherosclerosis which is a risk factor for future heart attacks. The score indicates that the disease is not extensive at this time. Management includes proper diet, daily low dose aspirin and most cardiologists would start you on statins which millions take with proper supervision and attention to possible side effects.? medications like beta blockers, BP meds, nitro ...Read more