Statin Drug Dangers

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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The statins are a class of drugs, more formally pharmaceuticals, used to reduce cholesterol levels. Allegations of statin drug dangers include peripheral neuropathy, muscle damage, elevated liver enzyme indices, plasma fibrinogen levels and kidney damage. Remember, however, these are allegations.

Some studies have been made. The medical community has yet to make any definitive judgment on the allegations and not fully corroborated studies. Complaints of side effects include memory loss, personality changes, irritability and muscle pain.

Statin drug dangers in the United States are all tied to the seven statin drugs on the market, those in the fermentation group—lovastatin, pravastatin and simvastatin—and in the synthetic group—atorvastatin, fluvastatin, rusovastatin and cerivastatin. Brand names include Zocor, Lipitor and Pravachol. Those in the fermentation group seem to be more effective in lowering LDL levels.

How Serious Are Statin Drug Dangers?

Without question there have been a number of deaths related to statin drugs. Separating the wheat from the chaff, however, is in part a job for the experts and in part a challenge caused by the experts. That being said, you must do more than simply read media reports on deaths related to any medication. The media are journalists and newscasters. They are not medical specialists. To better understand the real statin drug dangers and the implications for you, consult your physician.

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