Thursday, March 8, 2012

Side Effects for Cholesterol Drugs

Rare risks of memory loss, muscle pain, and diabetes have now been added to the prescribing information for cholesterol-reducing drugs, also known as statins.

Among the drugs with the risks are Lipitor, Crestor, Vytorin and Zocor. Statin use has now officially been linked to cognitive problems by the Food and Drug Administration, citing forgetfulness and confusion as some of the risks. 

According to an article from The New York Times, 21 million patients were prescribed statins just last year alone in the United States.  

Federal officials have said that people should not be scared by the newly published information on statins; they still have great value when it comes to preventing heart disease.  

The FDA has received reports on how patients have noticed feeling “fuzzy” or unfocused after taking statin drugs. The new reports on the rare risks associated with cholesterol drugs have been noted in all age groups and with all statin drugs.  

Snyder and Wenner, P.C.

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