Effectiveness of statins is called in...

Effectiveness of statins is called into question

There are 8 comments on the WHOtv story from Aug 9, 2010, titled Effectiveness of statins is called into question. In it, WHOtv reports that:

The drugs clearly help patients who have already had a heart attack. But their use has skyrocketed in patients hoping to prevent a first heart attack.

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Mama Bear

Tempe, AZ

#1 Aug 25, 2010
Statins are indeed the wonder drug. They prevent cancer, alzheimers, kidney disease (what was that nasty side effect that started with an r?), you name it. They even treat both hyper- and hypothyroidism! Either they are the wonder drug of the millenium or they are a very big fraud. After having a very bad reaction to three weeks on one of the ones tauted as having the "fewest side effects" I am afraid I lean on the side of fraud. Plus, I am watching my spouse lose energy, in constant pain, complain about the lights in the house "too dim" and TV "too small," deal with numbness, and walk like he is 80 instead of 50. Do they have a place in medicine? Probably, but not on the scale they are being pushed.
bewildered

Covington, LA

#2 Jan 23, 2011
I believe that most drugs are prescribed at too high a dose. it makes no sense to me that someone who weighs 120 lbs should receive the same dose than somone who is 200 lbs.
I have been on statin for one year and I am concerned with the side effects. Statin affects muscles strength and also prevent absorption of Calcium . The 20 mgm of Pravastin I have taken has lowered my LDL dramatically . My H
dl remains above normal

dldl as always been better than normal . ii am wondering if it is not gEnetic as i lways have had a total cholesterol in the 270level (even on a fat free diet ).
Jamie33

Lisbon, Portugal

#3 Feb 12, 2011
more info about statin side effects http://www.simvastatin-side-effects.com

Since: Jan 10

Des Moines

#4 Feb 13, 2011
They don't make these, or any other kind of drug, for anything less than the money. They don't care that you are sick, they are driven by profits. I in no way shape or form would criticize them for it. My Father-in-law is 58. After many decades of abuse on his body, he finally decided to go and get a checkup, about 4 years ago. He never took prescription drugs, ever. Within 6 months he was on 4 or 5, 4 years later he is on 9 total. People need to use their own brains. We do not cure in America, they push these drugs on people convincing them it in their best interest. It's a lie, close to 60% of most common ailments can be solved by proper diet and exercise. People are just lazy and would rather take a pill than put forth the effort. My wife is a good example as well. She takes everything under the sun, at the first sign of a cold, she is usually sick 2 or 3 times a year. I on the other hand do not, Last month when the majority of our family had the flu, ( most have had flu shots) everyone was sick for the better part of a week. I had a slight fever, and had no lasting effects after the 3rd day. Am I just lucky or is it the fact that my immune system hasn't been compromised from taking all the stuff they push on you.
Sherry Kurzk

Glenview Nas, IL

#5 Apr 8, 2011
I understand some statins can be really dangerous, while others are beneficial. There have been some statins in the past that caused many kidney failures. You can find some details here http://simvastatin-side-effects.org
Cambell54

Waynesboro, VA

#7 May 8, 2011
The adverse events posted on the drug label (adverse events identified before Lipitor went to market) pretty closely match what has been reported to the FDA after the drug went to market, although there does seem to be some congnitive issues identified post-marketing that aren't on the label. Time will tell if these are indeed connected to the drug. Compare label information to post-marketing data submitted to the FDA: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo...
http://www.drugcite.com/...

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#8 May 22, 2011
We all need to take responsibility for our own health, and not be afraid to ask questions of our doctors. Nobody cares more about you or your loved ones than you do.

These are the current guidelines for cholesterol published by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/cholester...

New report due in 2012.
Gabriel

Istanbul, Turkey

#9 May 23, 2013
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