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Statin enthusiasts have half jokingly suggested that statins are such marvelous medications that they should be introduced into the water supply, almost like fluoride. Their argument goes that if everyone got a daily dose of statins, they could dramatically reduce... (Read More)
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How safe are over-the-counter drugs? Many Americans assume that any bottle of pills you can buy without a prescription must not have side effects. After all, the FDA wouldn't allow easy access to a medication unless it were super safe.... (Read More)
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Q. I have a family history of high cholesterol and my internist prescribed Lipitor many years ago. It was a miracle drug that kept my cholesterol at a normal level. After taking the medicine for eight years, I developed peripheral... (Read More)
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A friend recently asked us the question: "I would love to find out what you think about the thought-provoking article regarding a breakthrough against Alzheimer's disease." It's hardly any wonder people are intrigued. The headlines have been tantalizing. Forbes offered... (Read More)
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The headlines have taken our breath away: "Statin Side-Effects Questioned" "Statins do NOT have major side effects, claims study" "Statins Have Virtually No Side-Effects, Study Finds" "Side Effects Reported in Those Taking Statins Are Not Actually Attributable to the Drugs"... (Read More)
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According to the Wall Street Journal (March 3, 2014), Lipitor brought in roughly $13 billion for Pfizer in 2006. That was during the drug's heyday. This cholesterol-lowering statin-type medication made only $2.6 billion in 2013. The precipitous decline can be... (Read More)
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Q. I've never seen this subject addressed in your column, and hope it is not taboo. My husband had one problem which Viagra addressed, but now he cannot ejaculate. I've read that ejaculating at least once a week keeps the... (Read More)
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For decades we have been receiving messages from people who have experienced devastating and debilitating muscle damage from their use of drugs like atorvastatin (Lipitor), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and simvastatin (Zocor). By 2007 we had names for these reactions: ALS-like syndrome,... (Read More)
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Q. Do you have any information you can share about older people being overmedicated? I am very concerned about the number of pills my in-laws are taking. Mom is on Detrol LA for her bladder, atorvastatin to control cholesterol, lisinopril... (Read More)
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Q.  Several years ago my doctor prescribed 20 mg of Lipitor. Since then doctors have gradually raised the dose till I am now on 80 mg of generic atorvastatin. Initially I experienced calf cramps that I could eventually stretch out.... (Read More)
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Ask most health professionals about the most valuable thing you can do for good health and you're likely to be told to exercise. Regular physical activity is good for the heart, the brain and the body as a whole. It... (Read More)
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Q. I just read a news article that says "Statins May Not Harm Memory, Thinking After all." Isn't this worth reporting on The People's Pharmacy website? A. The new study you refer to was published in the journal Mayo Clinic... (Read More)
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Q. I am healthy and in very good physical condition, but for a few years now I wake up early in the morning with leg pain. Sometimes it is so sharp it almost knocks me to the floor. These cramps... (Read More)
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Lovastatin was the first of the new-generation statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs on the market. It was approved by the FDA for sale in 1987. Even before the drug was approved, however, studies in dogs suggested that lovastatin might trigger cataract formation.... (Read More)
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Q. I have been on Crestor. It lowered my cholesterol very well, but my blood sugar went out of control. My HbA1c [a measure of blood sugar over time] went from 6.8 to 7.3 in just a short while. My... (Read More)
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 (from 1997 through May 15, 2012) by Duane Graveline, M.D.,  MPH FDA has opened the shelves of MedWatch to those of us wishing to review for ourselves the status of statin adverse drug reports (ADRs). This has been all the... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor prescribed atorvastatin (Lipitor) even though my cholesterol level was OK. He wanted it even lower. Please alert your readers that although atorvastatin may work well to lower cholesterol, the cure may be worse than the disease. Not... (Read More)
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"I was placed on statin medication in 2004.  Shortly thereafter, I had difficulty walking, had a toe that was ischemic and developed terrible leg pain (both calves) that persisted 24/7.   "Eventually, I was diagnosed with PAD [peripheral artery... (Read More)
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For more than 10 years we have been worried about the FDA's ability to oversee the quality of generic drugs. That concern arose because of letters, email messages and comments posted to this website from patients who reported all manner... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor has prescribed several different statins over the years. He started me on pravastatin but I quit because of muscle and joint pain. I felt fine after I stopped. Next came Lipitor, which brought my cholesterol down but... (Read More)
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