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People Who Continue Taking Statins Despite Side Effects Have Slightly Better Outcomes

July 27, 2017

People who stopped taking statins because of side effects such as muscle aches or stomach pain were found to be slightly more likely to die or have a heart attack or stroke according to a new study.

The study, published in the Annals of Medicine found that Continue Reading →

Statins May Dampen Response to Flu Vaccine

November 16, 2015

Two studies suggest that statin use decreases the effect of the flu vaccine, according to findings published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. One of the reports shows that many senior statin users had a significantly reduced immune response to the vaccination, compared with those not taking statins. In the Continue Reading →

Statins Do Not Protect Against Cancer: Quite the Opposite

October 16, 2015

In a cohort study of statin-treated patients and nontreated controls, Cardwell et al concluded that statin treatment may prevent colon cancer. However, a recent study showed that 10 years of statin therapy increased women’s risk of invasive ductal carcinoma (most common type of breast cancer) by 83% and their risk Continue Reading →

Advera Health Analytics: Merck statins linked to more muscle side effects than rest of class

September 16, 2015

The healthcare informatics company, Advera Health Analytics, sifted through FDA postmarketing safety reports, and compiled data on side effects for companies producing statin drugs. Advera’s report found that Merck’s Zocor, Mevacor and Vytorin were associated with more muscle-related side effects than other drugs in the class such as Pfizer’s Caduet, Continue Reading →

Scientists identify mechanism behind statin-induced muscle weakness

September 9, 2015

Researchers, from Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands, discovered 25% of patients taking statins had unpleasant side effects in the form of muscle weakness, pain and cramps, without any sign of damage to the tissue. Research suggests that muscle weakness and related side effects that can arise from Continue Reading →

6 Prescription Drugs That Can Lead To Nutritional Deficiencies, Chronic Diseases

August 24, 2015

Six commonly used drugs—statins, antacids, oral contraceptives, antidepressants, diabetes drugs and antibiotics—can have serious side effects. These drugs can deplete the body of certain nutrient levels and lead to chronic diseases. Via Medical Daily. Posted August 6, 2015.

–Alanna McCatty

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Statins Linked With Heightened Aggression in Women, But Reductions in Men

August 12, 2015

A study examining the effects of statin therapy on levels of aggression suggests that men and women may respond differently to the lipid-lowering medications. A University of California San Diego Statin Study included 1016 adults undergoing randomization to placebo, simvastatin, or pravastatin for 6 months. In women, treatment with statin Continue Reading →