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Side Effects Of Statins For Cholesterol
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
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
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
59 yrs old Total Cholesterol=239, LDL=150, HDL=46, Triglycerides=214. My doctor wants me on Statins but I've read a lot about negative side effects?
Statins: The most common side effects are muscle pain and elevation in your liver functions. These are both reversible . We always check liver function tests in 6-8 weeks after starting the medication and have you call right away if u have muscle pain or cramps. Statins are life saving medications. I take them, it looks like you should as well. ...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
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
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