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Doctor insights on: Pros And Cons Of Statin Drugs

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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?

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

Statins (Definition)

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


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What's the cheapest effective statin drug?

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

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What are the negative health effects of statin drugs?

What are the negative health effects of statin drugs?

Statins: read this: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/statin-side-effects/art-20046013

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Is it necessary for a relatively healthy 29-year-old to take a statin drug?

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

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Why do statin drugs make me nauseous?

Hard to say: Any medications can make people feel nauseous but we also encourage people to take this at bedtime to prove absorption. Please discuss possible strategies to avoid this with your physician. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of statin drugs?

Statin: read this: http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/side-effects-of-statin-drugs?page=2#1

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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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Statin drugs are everywhere. Any side effects?

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

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Do statin drugs do anything to keep cholesteral down?

Statin keep choleste: Yes thses drugs called statins are used to keep the cholesterol down these drugs work block the action of chemical in the liver which is needed to make cholesterol. ...Read more