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Statins and lupus: Some studies indicate statins would be beneficial in lupus as this autoimmune disease accelerates atherosclerosis or plaquing of the arteries. However some animal studies have shown the oppisite effect. There is a human clinical study going on right now to evaluate the side effects. The contraindication has been that it increases muscle pain and weakness in lupus patients, Hope this 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
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She is taking a statin medication and taking a grape seed extract, are there any interactions that we need to be aware of?
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My mom recently called me saying that she will need to take statin medication after reading goo.Gl/9khxsx. Her LDL are slightly higher than normalhelp?
Please Clarify: I do not see what you are really asking here. Please read your question and clarify so we can understand what your concern would be. Many millions of people are recommended to be on statins. This is in no way an abnormal situation and it is probably best that your mother follow the advice of her physician. ...Read more
How do doctors get their info on medications, such as statins or sleep medications? In other words, do doctors get info from pharma or other sources?
Research: Doctors in general ared "sold" on a medication unless there are controlled trials that show us a clear difference between a medication and a "placebo" or sugar pill. Pharmaceutical company supply us with some of the research, but they also can answer questions on research about side effect rates and other things through their medical departments. ...Read more
Should you be taking COQ10 supplements if you taking statins? Also takes hypertension medication daily.
Some people have: found that CoQ10 reduces the side effects associated with Statin use. There are no peer reviewed scientifically validated studies to support this claim however I have had patient's in whom they do notice a reduction in symptoms and side effects with its use. It can't really do any harm so I don't restrict them from continuing it. ...Read more
I have gilbert syndrome with high cholestral,trigyceride and bilurubin.i was on medication named statin for 1 month with low carb diet which reduces m?
has strong reliable effects on lowering heart attack and stroke. Diet..... especially a high fat diet... no. Drugs that just lower dietary contribution to blood cholesterol (cholestryramine) didn't work well on prevention.
Exercise under supervision, more helpful. Statins can cause fat to replace liver--needs imaging tests to monitor if other liver disease.
Cannot say in your particular case, tho ...Read more
Yes, glad you asked: New research is looking into the whole question of avoiding unnecessary use of statins. Here's a piece of the info - follow the links and ask your doctor to check it out too. Dr. Randy baker (here on healthtap) is quite knowledgeable on this topic. Search him out here. Good luck. ...Read more
Can you get treated for high cholesterol with a prescription medication other than the statins or fibrates?
Yes: There are several that are available. Welchol, Lovaza, and Niaspan (niacin) are among those by prescription ...Read more
If muscle pain is caused by statins(pravastatin) how long after stopping the medication until the pain resolves? Stopped meds 4 days ago. No relief
2 to 4 weeks: In my experience you should be feeling better by 2 to 4 weeks. ...Read more
What other cholestrol lowering medications can one go on other than statins (bad muscles aches) \u0026 niacin? I have genetically high cholestrol
Cholesterol meds: Welchol comes in a powder form that can be mixed with water and taken before dinner (also comes in pills but have to take 6/day). There is Zetia (ezetimibe) as well. Red yeast rice up to 2400mg a day together with coq10 200mg/day may result in less muscle pains. Discuss these options with your doctor. ...Read more
I am a 64 year old female with no diabetes but on blood pressure medication. My total cholesterol is 285. My LDL is 177. My HDL is 71. My triglicerides are 165. I excercise often. Do I need a statin.
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
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
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 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 more
Hard to say. :
By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or oil that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. Many alternative practices, oils etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. 'course the people who sell them make big $$$. Check https://nccih.nih.gov/
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Yes: You may simply stop. There is no need to wean statin medications. ...Read more