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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Diagnose metabolic syndrome now loss 25kg and tg125, hdl51, ldl54, total cho.130 my weight now 81kg tall178 age 29 nosmoking could stop medicine statin?

Diagnose metabolic syndrome now loss 25kg and tg125, hdl51, ldl54, total cho.130 my weight now 81kg tall178 age 29 nosmoking could stop medicine statin?

You could try: But your cholesterol will probably return closer to original level. Try reducing dose first. Congratulations on weight loss, I am sure it took lots of discipline. Consult with your doctor, but halve the dose of statin and re-measure your lipid pane two months later. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your body to get rid of the statin drug after stopping Lipitor (atorvastatin) that was taken for 10 years?

How long does it take for your body to get rid of the statin drug after stopping Lipitor (atorvastatin) that was taken for 10 years?

1 (up to 2) weeks: Statins clear the blood rapidly once daily dosing has stopped. While everyone's metabolism is unique, you should expect the medication will be out of the blood within 2 weeks (usually by 1 week). ...Read more

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Is memory loss related to statins?

Is memory loss related to statins?

Contraversial: But I think that memory and cognitive issues do occur, especially in older patients. A recent paper suggests that my opinion is wrong, but the study was done by drug industry, so, consider the source. ...Read more

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Stopping taking my 40 mgs statins has improved my nightlyrls by 70% or more. I still get the symptoms nightly, but theystart four hours later and are much less severe. Help.

Stopping taking my 40 mgs statins has improved my nightlyrls by 70% or more. I still get the symptoms nightly, but theystart four hours later and are much less severe. Help.

RLS: Things that may help include meds, avoid alcohol and caffeine. Mild exercise is helpful though too strenuous exercise makes it worse. Warm baths and showers may be helpful. Make sure you're not iron deficient. ...Read more

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Can all statins cause memory loss or just Lipitor? Lipitor did that to me. I took Zetia which was fine while I could get free samples but that's over.

Can all statins cause memory loss or just Lipitor? Lipitor did that to me. I took Zetia which was fine while I could get free samples but that's over.

Rare but happens: This is an uncommon side effect but yes, some patients on statins have reported memory loss while on it and it can be not just Lipitor but any other statin. ...Read more

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Can we stop taking statins? Or will my cholesterol zoom up after stopping statins, even if I maintain exercise and low fat diet?

Can we stop taking statins? Or will my cholesterol zoom up after stopping statins, even if I maintain exercise and low fat diet?

Your cholesterol: Will initially rise after stopping statins, like taking the lid off a jack-in-the-box. The level will eventually return to what is normal for your body. Diet accounts for about 15-20 % of your lab values. Depending on your lab values, Marine Fish oil of good quality and proper dose and/or red yeast rice will lower levels well. Peace and good health. PS: Eggs are good, yolk and all. ...Read more

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Taking lipitor; have not had heart attack; read statins will not prevent 1st heart attack. Will stopping of statin slow or reverse pre diabetes?

Taking lipitor; have not had heart attack; read statins will not prevent 1st heart attack. Will stopping of statin slow or reverse pre diabetes?

No and No: The use of statins is somewhat controversial. The main issuer is what you blood lipid levels are. Only a physician privy to that data and the rest of your history can make sense of it and advise you. ...Read more

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I suffered from memory loss and confusion. When I stopped taking statins (anti cholesterol) all bad symptoms dispensary. I don't want to use this poison again. Is there anything else that will work for high cholesterol?

I suffered from memory loss and confusion. When I stopped taking statins (anti cholesterol) all bad symptoms dispensary. I don't want to use this poison again. Is there anything else that will work for high cholesterol?

Benefits vs. Risks: Lipid disturbance is result of life style and genetics. Risk of high choleserol LDL depends on many factors (comorbidities - like diabeets, previous stroke or heart disease.) tartement may requiere more agressive medication as statins. Life style changes though as esential - avoid animal fat and processed food. Consume fresh produce, fish. Exericse daily. Optimise weight BMI <25. consult your MD ...Read more

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Is coq10 (ubiquinol 50 mg) safe for chf/ckd patient? Was on statin, discontinued 6 months ago due to neuropathic issues, myoglobin in urine, but muscle loss persist. What is a good test for cariomyopathy and which specialist treats myog/muscle loss?

Is coq10 (ubiquinol 50 mg) safe for chf/ckd patient? Was on statin, discontinued 6 months ago due to neuropathic issues, myoglobin in urine, but muscle loss persist. What is a good test for cariomyopathy and which specialist treats myog/muscle loss?

Yes: Studies of coenzyme Q10 use in patients with CHF were dosed at 100 mg 3 times a day and studies showed improved exercise tolerance. Studies of coenzyme Q10 for statin-induced muscle aches are typically dosed around 200 mg once a day. Testing for cardiomyopathy requires a full cardiac workup by a cardiologist, treating muscle loss depends on the cause, consult your internist ...Read more

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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?

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? What's 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

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Is it true that statin drugs cause weight gain?

Weight gain: Yes, statinscan cause weight. They seem to cause a craving for carbohydrates. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to take high dosage statins (40mgs) when lost weight & colestrol in body has reduced?

Statins: Statins lower blood cholesterol, and can be life saving. Has weight loss lowered your blood cholesterol? How much? What other medical conditions do you have. If you are at high risk of heart disease (eg. Previous heart attack, diabetes, multiple risk factors) you should probably stay on the statin. The risk of side effects from statins are generally quite low. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I am 72 years old. I have taken statins for over ten years. My cholesterol is 110. Should I stop taking statins.

I am 72 years old. I have taken statins for over ten years. My cholesterol is 110. Should I stop taking statins.

Total or LDL: If your total cholesterol is 110, you should talk to your doctor about possibly reducing your statin dose. Given your history, your goal LDL or bad cholesterol should be around 70. Do not stop any medication without checking with your doctor first. Statin not only lower your cholesterol, they also have an anti-inflammatory and plaque stabilizing effect that your dr. Is trying to accomplish. ...Read more

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I read that statins may cause diabetes in some folks? So if a pt's.able to safely stop statins, is there a chance their blood sugar could drop?

I read that statins may cause diabetes in some folks? So if a pt's.able to safely stop statins, is there a chance their blood sugar could drop?

Statins: A high cholesterol level should be cared for with statins. If you do not have diabetes you need to carefully control your cholesterol to a point that the level is normal. If you don't you might develop diabetes. You don't want that! ...Read more

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I've read that statins may cause diabetes in some folks? So if a pt. Is able to safely stop statins, is there a chance their blood sugar could drop?

I've read that statins may cause diabetes in some folks? So if a pt. Is able to safely stop statins, is there a chance their blood sugar could drop?

Low risk: Statins do raise the risk of diabetes slightly, however you should not discontinue the medication without consulting your doctor, You may discuss using a different statin. See this site for info.

http://www. Webmd. Com/cholesterol-management/news/20130523/could-statins-raise-diabetes-risk ...Read more

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How long does it take if you stop Lipitor (atorvastatin) for the statin to leave the body?

How long does it take if you stop Lipitor (atorvastatin) for the statin to leave the body?

A week: Atorvastatin should be mostly cleared from the body by a week after the last dose. The biochemical effects of the drug are likely to be minimal sooner than this. Drug clearance varies person to person and the timing given above can vary for an individual. ...Read more

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Please give me advice on how to stop leg pain after taking statins?

Please give me advice on how to stop leg pain after taking statins?

Discontinue Meds: A statin medication may cause the unwanted side effect of muscle pain or leg pain. If this is suspected to be the case, the medication should be stopped. If the medication was truly the cause of the leg pain, the pain should stop within one week. ...Read more

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I been on a statin for a year now & I recently read a article that said if you don't have a heart problem you shouldn't take them, should I stop?

I been on a statin for a year now & I recently read a article that said if you don't have a heart problem you shouldn't take them, should I stop?

Stains: Cholesterol: Statins are designed to lower the risk of getting arterial or heat disease from cholesterol. It is not a treatment for heart disease in and of itself. ...Read more

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Is it true that antidepressants &/or statins cause weight gain?

Is it true that antidepressants &/or statins cause weight gain?

Anti-Depressants: One of the side effects of anti-depressants can be weight gain, I am not aware of this side effect with statins. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to stop statin drugs without getting any side effects?

Yes: You may simply stop. There is no need to wean statin medications. ...Read more

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My LDL is 212.8. Can I stop taking medicine statin after having control on LDL. And after that take precoution in eating habits and do exercise?

Doubtful: That LDL cholesterol is so high I suspect you have a metabolic defect. This likely cannot be overcome by weight loss and eating right and diet alone. Sorry to give you the bad news! If I were you i'd find a statin you can tolerate and stick with it! Good luck! ...Read more

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Can I take roxithromycin 150mg twice a day for 10 days while on atorvastatin 10mg daily? Should I stop the statin while on the antibiotic?

Can I take roxithromycin 150mg twice a day for 10 days while on atorvastatin 10mg daily? Should I stop the statin while on the antibiotic?

Review with your Doc: Is is a macrolide type antibiotics and should not be taking together with atorvastatin. Talk to your doctor first before taking the two medications together. ...Read more

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Statin, other medicines and niacin intolerance. Tc 240. Ldl146. Hdl 85 tr 45. Diet and weight good and exercise. What more can I do to reduce tc.?

Statin, other medicines and niacin intolerance. Tc 240. Ldl146. Hdl 85 tr 45. Diet and weight good and exercise. What more can I do to reduce tc.?

Eliminate sugar: Highly limit all food products that contain or break down to simple carbohydrates. Increase exercise to 45 minutes per day, spread out over day, of brisk walking during which singing becomes difficult. ...Read more

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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...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