I should note here that if you are one of those who ... have a family history of high cholesterol or cardiovascular disease, live an inactive (sedentary) lifestyle, have high blood pressure, are older than 55 if you're a man, or older than 65 if you're a woman, are in poor general health or have diabetes, are overweight, smoke, or have narrowing of the arteries in your neck, arms or legs (peripheral artery disease) you MAY need statin drugs. However, if you are a victim of your lifestyle and can make some changes you can avoid statin drugs.
What are the side effects? Let’s start with what doctors consider common and less serious side effects muscle and joint aches (most common) ...
- Muscle aches and pain
- Memory loss
The medical profession also consider some muscle problems to be a potentially serious effect. In severe cases, muscle cells can break down and release a protein called myoglobin into the bloodstream, which can damage your kidneys. Certain drugs when taken with statins can increase the risk of rhabdomyolysis - like gemfibrozil, erythromycin, antifungal medications, nefazodone, cyclosporine and niacin. If you take statins and have new muscle aching or tenderness I would encourage you to look at other options.
If you’re in a position to make a decision about how to lower your cholesterol, ask yourself some very important questions ...
- Do I have a family history of high cholesterol or cardiovascular disease?
- Am I willing to make some lifestyle changes, like getting more exercise, changing my diet, and taking supplements?
- Am I concerned about taking a pill every day, perhaps for the rest of my life?
- Am I concerned about the side effects of statin drugs or interactions with other drugs?
- Am I the type of person who can "own it" or do I prefer to blame others for my condition?
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