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Hidden Dangers of Cholesterol (Statin) Drugs
Assessing the benefit:risk ratio of a drug
Statin side effects: Weigh the benefits and risks
Statins and Musculoskeletal Conditions
Spontaneous tendon ruptures: related to statins
Statins Found To Damage Peripheral Nerves
Statins Associated With Acute Kidney Injury
Association of Statin Use With Cataracts
Statin Drugs May Increase Risk Of Diabetes
Statin Drugs and Memory Impairment.
Statin-associated myopathy and skeletal muscle damage.
Last But Not Least
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Oct. 31, 2013   

Happy Halloween all!

Lately, it seems like the interest in drug side effects has peaked.  Seems like more folks are becoming aware of the unpublicized dangers of many pharmaceutical products, especially those used to lower cholesterol levels. In the past few weeks, I've have received several phone calls from clients and friends inquiring about their safety, which prompted this newsletter. 

Many of the side effects of cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) are poorly publicized, both to patients and to the doctors that prescribe them.  This articles in this newsletter detail some of the lesser known side effects of this drug family.

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The Hidden Dangers of Cholesterol (Statin) Drugs

Statins are a family of drugs used to control blood cholesterol levels. While the drugs are helpful in some instances, they also have a history of serious side effects but such information does not always reach either the doctor or patient until an adverse event occurs. Of course, by then it may be too late.  




Assessing the benefit:risk ratio of a drug

The benefit to risk ratio of any drug involves observance of two basic factors, the drugs' success at resolving a particular condition, and an evaluation of undesired side effects. 


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This article from the Mayo clinic details some of the better known side effects of statins. Most people taking statins will take them for the rest of their lives unless they can achieve normal cholesterol levels through diet, exercise, weight loss and nutritional supplements. This can make statin side effects more difficult to manage.


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Statin use has been associated with excess risk for myalgia, muscle weakness, muscle cramps, and rhabdomyolysis, a serious deterioration of the heart muscle. Additionally, statin use depletes co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10), an essential nutrient for proper heart function.   


Musculoskeletal conditions, injuries, and pain are more common among statin users than among similar nonusers. The full spectrum of statins' musculoskeletal adverse events may not be fully explored, and further studies are warranted, especially in physically active individuals.   


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Spontaneous tendon ruptures: related to statins?

Tendon rupture, particularly of the large tendons of the biceps, are extremely painful and debilitating. There have been several reports of an increase in tendon rupture on patients using statins. After statistical analysis, this report  found nearly two times increased risk of spontaneous distal biceps tendon rupture with the use of statins.    


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Cholesterol Lowing Statins Found To Damage Peripheral Nerves

The neurotoxicity of statin drugs are back in the news. Following on the heels of the FDA decision earlier this year to require statin drugs manufacturers to add "memory loss" as a side effect of this chemical class, a new study in published in the Journal of Diabetes reveals a clear association between statin use and peripheral neuropathy in a US population 40 years of age and older.


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High Potency Statins Associated With Acute Kidney Injury
Patients without Chronic Kidney Disease started on high-potency statins were 34% more likely to be hospitalized for acute kidney injury then those using low potency statins.


Association of Statin Use With Cataracts 
While statins can help lower cholesterol levels in the blood, they can increase the risk of vision loss due to cataracts says a new study published online in the Journal of the American medical Association Ophthalmology.  The study concludes "The risk for cataracts is increased among statin users as compared with nonusers. The risk-benefit ratio of statin use, specifically for primary prevention, should be carefully weighed, and further studies are warranted."   
Statin Drugs May Increase Risk Of Diabetes

Statins are the most widely prescribed medications for the prevention of cardiovascular events. Generally, these medications are well received, however, a new link to diabetes has been suggested.  The risk was most significant in patients taking atorvastatin (Lipitor), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and simvastatin (Zocor), according to the study, published in British Medical Journal.       

Statin Drugs Found to Cause Memory Impairment 
New research published in the open-access journal PLOS One reveals that pravastatin (Pravachol), a common statin drug used to reduce levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood, impairs cognitive ability and memory recognition.
Association between statin-associated myopathy and skeletal muscle damage 

This highly technical report was published in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association in July of 2009. They note that patients taking statins often complain of muscle pain and weakness (myopathy) and persistent myopathy in patients taking statins reflects structural muscle damage.  


Last But Not Least    

If you heard about a new Merck drug named anacetrapib that would be the answer to all the worlds cholesterol problems, think again!

Anacetrapib is currently in phase III trials. Some of the test patients still had detectable amounts four years after stopping the drug.  

According to Harlan Krumholz, the Harold H. Hines Jr. Professor of Medicine at Yale Medical School and a Forbes contributor -- "A drug would have to be known to be incredibly safe before you would be willing to have it hang around in your body for years."

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Web Site Changes and News

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