The Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drug Gravy Train Is Derailed
Expect to see numerous television ads by class action lawyers soon. A clear link between Statin drugs and Type 2 Diabetes, memory loss and other tragic side effects has been identified. The FDA has close ties to the pharmaceutical industry and their newly-mandated warning labels that seem to minimize the danger.
The FDA has worded its warning cautiously:
“A small increased risk of raised blood sugar levels and the development of Type 2 diabetes have been reported with the use of statins.”
The Diabetes Dilemma for Statin Users ( NY Times article by a cardiologist)
Per the 3/5/2012 The People’s Pharmacy Alert provides further information and quote from the NY Times article:
“More than 20 million Americans take statins. That would equate to 100,000 new statin-induced diabetics. Not a good thing for the public health and certainly not good for the individual affected with a new serious chronic illness.”
Amidst the statistics we tend to forget that individuals are affected. We have heard from many people who have had significant problems with blood sugar control while taking a statin-type drug. The first case came to our attention almost ten years ago. A husband and wife taking Lipitor had increasing trouble controlling their glucose levels. Why did it take the FDA so long to figure this out?
What other side effects should we be paying more attention to when it comes to statin-type drugs:
• Altoprev (lovastatin extended-release)
• Crestor (rosuvastatin)
• Lescol (fluvastatin)
• Lipitor (atorvastatin)
• Livalo (pitavastatin)
• Mevacor (lovastatin)
• Pravachol (pravastatin)
• Zocor (simvastatin).
Products containing statins in combination with other drugs include:
• Advicor (lovastatin/niacin extended-release)
• Simcor (simvastatin/niacin extended-release)
• Vytorin (simvastatin/ezetimibe).
Potential adverse reactions patients and their families should be aware of include:
• Muscle pain or spasms (any where in the body, including legs, shoulders, back, arms or neck)
• Blood sugar elevation
• Memory problems, cognitive dysfunction, confusion, amnesia
• Nerve pain, peripheral neuropathy, leg cramps
• Digestive upset, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, flatulence
• Urinary tract infections
• Skin reactions, hives
• Sexual problems, erectile dysfunction
Joe and Terry Graedon’s weekly radio broadcast, “The Health News Update ” leads with the story about statin drug and sleeping pills and explores the use of coconut oil for Alzheimer’s disease. Several listeners called in to share their stories of side effects while taking statins.
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