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What are the side effects of cholesterol preventive drugs?

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Dr. Ajay Acharya
Internal Medicine

In brief: Muscle ache

Damage to muscle, liver and kidney, and liver- can lead to fatal liver and kidney failure.

In brief: Muscle ache

Damage to muscle, liver and kidney, and liver- can lead to fatal liver and kidney failure.
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Except for muscle pain other side effects like liver and kidney failure though described are very rare but need to be monitored.On the whole it is safe medicine and well tolerated by most
Dr. Ajay Acharya
Internal Medicine

In brief: Diet exercise

Depending on your other medical risk factors/ disease- niacin, zetia, (ezetimibe) pravastatin, Gemfibrozil can be used after risk benifit discussion.

In brief: Diet exercise

Depending on your other medical risk factors/ disease- niacin, zetia, (ezetimibe) pravastatin, Gemfibrozil can be used after risk benifit discussion.
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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine

In brief: Usually GI Tract

Depends which drugs for treating cholesterol problems, which is done to prevent heart disease mainly.
Some that bind cholesterol can cause nausea and stool changes including diaarhea, or even oily stools. The statins, the most commonly prescribed can cause changes in liver enzymes, and can cause inflammation of the muscles (myopathy) in some people.

In brief: Usually GI Tract

Depends which drugs for treating cholesterol problems, which is done to prevent heart disease mainly.
Some that bind cholesterol can cause nausea and stool changes including diaarhea, or even oily stools. The statins, the most commonly prescribed can cause changes in liver enzymes, and can cause inflammation of the muscles (myopathy) in some people.
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
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