Well­ness Arti­cles

Cho­les­terol Drugs (Statins) Under Fire as Inef­fec­tive and Pos­si­bly Dan­ger­ous

Sev­eral recent arti­cles call into ques­tion the safety and effec­tive­ness of the group of drugs designed to lower cho­les­terol known as Statins. Statin drugs are a class of drugs that that are sup­posed to lower cho­les­terol lev­els by block­ing enzymes that are essen­tial to cho­les­terol pro­duc­tion. Among the statin drugs are: Lip­i­tor (ator­vas­tatin), Prava­chol (pravas­tatin), Zocor (sim­vas­tatin), Meva­cor (lovas­tatin), Lescol (flu­vas­tatin), Bay­col (Cerivas­tatin) (This drug has been recalled).

From the Cana­dian pub­li­ca­tion First Word, the Sep­tem­ber 9, 2003 issue starts off by say­ing, “A group of Cana­dian researchers from the Uni­ver­sity of British Colum­bia warns that statins may do as much harm as good.” Dr. Jim Wright, said that there appears to be almost no pre­ven­tive ben­e­fit. The data showed that there was a 1.4 per­cent reduc­tion in the risk of heart attack and stroke over a three– to five-​year period, a news source reports. This would trans­late, Wright said, into a doc­tor hav­ing to treat 71 patients until one ben­e­fits. Side effects of the statins were the main con­cern among the Cana­dian researchers. These side effects can include, Fever, Mus­cle Cramps, Stom­ach Pain, Fatigue, Con­sti­pa­tion, Diar­rhea, Dizzi­ness, Gas, Skin rash, Nausea.

On the heals of the Cana­dian study a British study reported on Octo­ber 5, 2003 in the British Reuters, that states, “Half of British heart dis­ease patients failed to get their cho­les­terol down to rec­om­mended lev­els after tak­ing cholesterol-​lowering statin drugs.” Dr. Adrian Brady, con­sul­tant car­di­ol­o­gist at Glas­gow Royal Infir­mary, told a meet­ing of the Pri­mary Care Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Soci­ety in Dublin that only 48 per­cent of 14,000 patients eval­u­ated in a UK study reached national cho­les­terol goals. One of these drugs, Lip­i­tor, pro­duced by Pfizer Inc’s, is now the world’s top-​selling med­i­cine with annual sales of $8 billion.

Ran­dom Article

A study pub­lished in the July issue of the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pediatrics’s offi­cial jour­nal, “Pedi­atrics”, sug­gests that over-​the-​counter cough sup­pres­sants may be

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