Bad News for Big Pharma

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.”  

FDA Warns on Statin Drugs: Labels on Popular Cholesterol Medicines Must Cite Risk of Diabetes, Memory Loss

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)
• Arthritis
• Blood sugar elevation
• Memory problems, cognitive dysfunction, confusion, amnesia
• Nerve pain, peripheral neuropathy, leg cramps
• Digestive upset, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, flatulence
• Headache
• Insomnia
• Urinary tract infections
• Skin reactions, hives
• Pancreatitis
• 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.
The People’s Pharmacy has extensive information on prescription drugs, alternative remedies and a great forum  for people to share their experiences dealing with various health issues.    You can listen to the radio shows online or download them as MP3s.

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Dr. Eowyn

One after another, prescription drugs that are supposed to be curative turn out to do more harm. Ugh.

Doc's Wife
Doc's Wife

I do not believe in taking very much medicine if at all possible. Good quality Fish Oil can work wonders in getting cholesterol down, as well as diet.


I stopped trusting the drug companies about 20 years ago, when I learned they were pretty much funding their own “research.”


I’m on lovastatin. (I guess I should say “was” on it until about, oh, five minutes ago!!) I have about six of those symptoms – all which came about after I started taking it. I’ll be calling the doc for a consult when I finish typing this. Thanks, Dave, for the info I somehow “missed” elsewhere.


BTW, anybody know any good ambulance chasers in SoCal?


Sorry, that was LTG I meant to thank……must be lovastatin-induced cognitive dysfunction!


I was put on a statin drug by my Doctor a few years back, my cholesterol was only slightly elevated. I did not feel good on them either, so I did a little research and discovered (if I remember correctly) that only about 2 out of 5 people that have had heart attacks had elevated cholesterol. So why take a drug that statistically is unnecessary? When I told my Doc why I quit the pills, he said, you are right and he’s never brought it up again…


Wow, if people stopped shoving food in their mouth, stopped guzzling soda and didn’t come up diabetic in the first place, these life-saving drugs wouldn’t be the bad guys, would they?