Statin Side Effects And Health Risks

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Statin side effects can be numerous and diverse. Before we proceed to talk about them let’s cover what statins are. Statin is a medication, which lowers “bad” cholesterol levels and certain fats in the body. Having been proven effective in reducing the risk of heart attack, it works primarily by inhibiting HMG C-A reductase, or the liver enzyme. Statins have become more accepted in the United States and therefore is in many common prescription drugs. Currently, the six statins available on the market are atorvastin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), simvastatin (Zocor), and rosuvastatin (Crestor).

How Statin Works

Statins have an amazing ability to reduce the liver’s cholesterol production and increase the ability to take away LDL, the ‘bad’ cholesterol, from your blood as well as reducing the level of LDL cholesterol in your blood. Good cholesterol levels are increased and triglyceride levels are reduced with statins. Research has also shown that statins reduce the risk of heart attack, heart disease, and can lower the risk for coronary artery disease. Statins may be used on their own or taken with other items that it works well with.

Health Risks.

In most cases, the target is to reduce the cholesterol level to less than five mmol/l or to reduce the level by up to thirty percent. Statin is not made for and should not be taken by people with statin allergies, anyone with active liver disease, pregnant women or women planning to get pregnant, nursing women, anyone who consumes an excessive amount of alcohol on a routine basis, or by those with a history of muscle disease or renal failure caused by rhabdomyolsis.

You may not want to take statins if you are taking vitamins or herbal supplements, are taking drugs for your immune system or cholesterol medicates like fibrates. You may also want to ask your doctor before taking statins if you are on birth control, have to take medication for infections, heart failure, or HIV or AIDS, or if you are taking Warfarin (Coumadin), which causes an increased effect when taken with other statins.

Most Common Statin Side Effects.

Gastrointestinal problems seem to plague the majority of statin users, from gas to nausea to upset stomach. Some people develop headaches or fevers after taking the medication. The biggest concerns are liver problems and extreme muscle pain, followed by sexual dysfunction and performance problems, memory loss, irritability, and changes in personality. Rarely, statin side effects may result in a muscle disorder, which makes the muscles weak and sometimes painful.

Statin users should monitor their intake of drugs and foods that interact with this medication… like grapefruit juice, which can cause muscle damage if statin levels, rise too much. Also, increased muscle damage can result from using statin with certain antibiotics. Muscle damage can also happen if someone is taking statins with a different type of agent, which lowers lipids.

Be vigilant of any statin side effects. You may want to see a doctor if you have any kind of muscle soreness, stomach pain, and your urine is brown, or you begin vomiting. Rarely, people have reported numbness and tingling in their hands, arms, feet, and legs. Lesser side effects are an upset stomach and pain in the abdomen that tend to decrease as your body adjusts to the medication.

Statin Side EffectsAlternative Remedies to Statins.

There are natural alternative remedies that have been shown to lower cholesterol levels successfully – and in a safe way.

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