Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Statin side effects

Statin drugs are commonly prescribed for cholesterol control. These drugs include medicines such as Lipitor (atorvastatin), Crestor (rosuvastatin), Zocor (simvastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin) and Pravachol (pravastatin). Statins work by inhibiting an enzyme, HMG-CoA reductase which is produced in the liver to generate cholesterol. However the problem is that statins have been found to inhibit not only cholesterol production but other bio-chemical processes as well. Statins are prescribed mainly to reduce risk of heart disease and stroke. However it has been found that Statins can actually raise the risk of heart attacks owing to depletion of Co-Q10

Another very perturbing side effect is memory loss and reduced brain function. Many patients on statin drugs report amnesia like effects on account of taking statin drugs like Lipitor.

Muscle cramps, pain and weakness - a condition known as rhabdomyolysis is also a very common side effect of taking statin drugs. In fact 98% of patients taking Lipitor seem to suffer from this muscle problems and coordination problems.

Cholesterol is a natural substance produced by the liver and has important benefits for the body. It is only when the cholesterol level is higher that 240 mg/dL that it is a cause for concern. However reducing cholesterol naturally is the best way to proceed. A change in lifestyle and diet are recommended. In cases of high cholesterol, improving cholesterol levels especially the composition of LDL and HDL is best achieved by natural herbs such as GUGGUL.

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