I believe that an informed consumer is the best consumer, especially where health is concerned.
Many people are taking cholesterol lowering medications for treatment and prevention of cholesterol-related health problems, such as heart attacks and stroke. But, as the media has revealed over the last few years, such drugs, the statins, can produce many health related problems and the extensive use has caused many to wonder about the drug companies' role in over-promoting the medication to the extent that nearly 10 million Americans are taking this drug each year.
The purpose of this post is to explore the information regarding statin use and to discuss ways to lower cholesterol.
What are the statin drugs?
Statins are HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. This means that they act by blocking the enzyme in your liver that is responsible for making cholesterol.
The list of statin drugs include:
Advicor (lovastatin with niacin)
Caduet (atorvastatin with Norvasc)
As you can see, drug companies are all putting their hand in this lucrative pie.
What are the side effects?
Use of cholesterol lowering drugs have many, many side effects which include stomachaches, gas,
abdominal pain and cramps, forgetfulness and memory problems, neurological problems, liver
problems, sore, weak and painful muscles.Researchers are questioning the routine use of cholesterol lowering medications as a preventative measure in many people due to the extensive side effects list. Especially so in those who are taking this medication for prevention, and don't have the treatment resitant, familial form of the disease. (This is the only group that may need to take the medication for prophylaxis.)
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