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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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? 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
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