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Q. I seem to have permanent nerve damage after taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) for six years and then Crestor (rosuvastatin) for a year. I developed severe pain in my leg muscles, primarily my calves, which led me to discontinue the drug,... (Read More)
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Q. I have heard that many medications can cause hair loss. Is this side effect temporary? Does the hair grow back when the drug is stopped? A. A surprising number of medications can cause temporary hair loss including blood pressure... (Read More)
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Q. Six years ago my doctor prescribed Lipitor to control my cholesterol. I was switched to simvastatin the last few years. Over that time I have gained weight and there is something wrong with my muscles. My legs have no... (Read More)
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For decades doctors have been telling patients to get their "bad" LDL cholesterol levels down and to boost their "good" HDL cholesterol. Cardiologists have been prescribing niacin to do both for more than 50 years. Niacin lowers LDL cholesterol levels... (Read More)
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Recent guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology strongly recommend that everyone with diabetes be prescribed a statin-type cholesterol-lowering medicine. But a new study of nearly 140,000 patients in Canada, the United States and the... (Read More)
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Statins may have an unrecognized adverse effect, especially for older men. More than 3,000 men over the age of 65 were included in this Oregon State University study. The scientists found that men taking statins exercised about 40 minutes a... (Read More)
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Q. I'd like to learn more about natural ways to lower LDL cholesterol. I can't take niacin or statins because my liver enzymes are elevated. My doctor and I are concerned that my LDL has been rising. Do you have... (Read More)
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Experts have been arguing about statin side effects for years. A recent meta-analysis suggested that muscle pain is not a common complication of drugs such as atorvastatin, lovastatin or simvastatin, because the rates of complaints about muscle problems were not... (Read More)
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Q. I read in your column that a man who had taken lecithin for 30 years had never had high cholesterol. This worked for me! I was taking statins but my joints hurt so I could hardly walk. I started... (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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Q. What is your opinion on red yeast rice for lowering cholesterol? I have tried statins and cannot take them. A. Red yeast rice contains natural statins at a low dose and can lower cholesterol (Annals of Internal Medicine, June... (Read More)
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Q. I work in the pharmaceutical industry and find your articles on statin side effects scare people unnecessarily. You fail to mention the benefits of lowering cholesterol. Patient stories do not qualify as evidence. A. Your perspective is echoed by... (Read More)
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The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recently (November, 2013) introduced new guidelines for the use of statins to prevent heart attacks and other cardiovascular complications. An analysis in The New England Journal of Medicine assessed the... (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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Q. I am a 63-year-old male who competes at the national level in masters bodybuilding. My doctor had me take Crestor for one month and my total cholesterol went from 260 to 189. Sounds good, right? The after-effects of the... (Read More)
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Q. The pain and trauma of erectile dysfunction in a loving relationship cannot be underestimated. I am a mature woman in a relationship with a man I adore who has ED. A blood pressure medication chemically castrated him first. When... (Read More)
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Q. I take statins and I'm glad I do. I have had some of the "problems" people fuss about, but I am pretty sure they are just due to my age. I am 75 and still working. More importantly, I... (Read More)
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Q. I read your column in my local newspaper, the San Antonio Express-News, and enjoy it very much.  I've read some very interesting remedies. Yesterday your column was on foods such as cinnamon to help lower cholesterol. I've been eating cinnamon... (Read More)
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 Q. Dear Joe & Terry Graedon,  Thank you for all the information you make available to the public about alternatives to many pharmaceuticals. You are providing a needed service to the public.  I looked on your website for alternatives to... (Read More)
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