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Muscle Side Effects Of Statins
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
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
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
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.
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
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