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Pros And Cons Of Statin Drugs
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
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
Walmart: Lovastatin (mevacor), and pravastatin (pravachol) are available from walmart and many other pharmacies for $4 (for a month's supply). Simvastatin (zocor) is available generically but costs about $30 for a month's supply (20 mg). Atorvastatin (lipitor) has also become generic but i don't have access to the price. A double strength pill of any of the above cut in half will cut your cost in half. ...Read more
Statins: read this: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/statin-side-effects/art-20046013Get a more detailed answer ›
Generally not: Check with your doctor. A healthy 29 year old without significant risk factors and a normal cholesterol level does not need a statin. If you have unusually high cholesterol (usually inherited type), or significant risk factors, then it may be appropriate. Check with your doctor. ...Read more
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
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
Statin long term: The most common side effects of statin drugs are muscle pain, cramps and weakness. Liver enzymes can be mildly elevated. Rare serious side effects include rhabdomyolysis, release of too much muscle breakdown products in the blood, causing renal failure, particularly when combined with other drugs which increase the risk. In the long term, the risk of nerve damage (polyneuropathy) is possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Yes: You may simply stop. There is no need to wean statin medications. ...Read more
Prove-it trial of pts w acs had avg entry ldl110 w only 25%on statins-most had nl. Chol, off drugs and had mi. Is chol wrong focus for rx? Ca?Oxid?
No: This is an excellent question and very complicated. Cholesterol is not the wrong focus- but it is only one factor. Inflammation and related markers are very important. So once you get LDL < 100 or <70 depending on goal, then we must focus on inflammatory markers, Insulin resistance, weight, diet, exercise. Human beings are dynamic and multidimensional and to focus only on cholesterol is wrong. ...Read more
What is a good cholesterol reading is 200 good 330 to high 150 to low and be honest are statin drugs really any good for cholesterol tha?
Risk factors: The optimum cholesterol level depends on your risk factors for cardiovascular disease. If you do not have risk factors, 200 may be okay, provided your HDL levels is normal or better yet, high. Statins do help, but it would be prudent to consult a doctor about your risk factors before entertaining any effort to change your cholesterol. ...Read more
ACE inhibitor : No Lisinopril is belonging to a class of medications called ace inhibitors. These medications are commonly prescribed for elevated blood pressure but are also commonly prescribed in patients with diabetes or after a cardiac event. Never stop or change a medication without first consulting your physician. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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