Skip to comments.Health warning over statin taken by millions (Simvastatin)
Posted on 03/20/2010 4:54:22 PM PDT by TennesseeGirl
Simvastatin is taken by around three million people in order to lower their cholesterol and reduce the risk of having a heart attack.
However an analysis of clinical trial data in America has found that high doses can cause muscle damage and a rare condition which induces kidney problems and may be fatal.
Patients were told not to stop taking simvastatin but advised to talk to their doctor if they have concerns.
The American medicines regulator, the Food and Drug Administration, has issued a warning to patients to be alert to signs of problems when taking the 80mg daily dose of simvastatin. It has also listed drugs that should not be prescribed to those on high doses of statins. (excerpted)
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ALL Statins are Neurotoxins...
I cant take them because of that.
Had very bad reaction to that stuff.
Called my pharmacist and she told me to stop taking it immediately. and that was 5 years ago.
I have three months to balance out those numbers. Might now take it anyway. Neurotoxins. Wow. Who knew.
Tried Zocor, Lipitor, Mecocor and had leg cramps. Had to quit all.
Then after having a quintuplet bypass, I have to have something.
So far 8 months on Crestor is okay and numbers are fine.
I still hate taking any medicine though. But what the hay, not
that many years left anyway.
80mg is a very high dose. I was on 40 at a high and now 20. Numbers good.
Part D of Medicare would be totally solvent if it refused to pay for statins, which it should do.I guarantee about 80% of Medicare patients take statins.
Hope all of you taking statins are taking CoQ10! Also, up your Vit D3 to 5000iu a day! Unless, of course you spend 1/2 hour a day almost naked in the mid day sun!
I’m on Lipitor which does not have a generic but my insurer for pharmacy prescriptions, Medco, has been pushing me to switch to a generic for Zocor for two years now for the cost savings. Lipitor has been doing the trick well for several years now so I won’t change and this gives me even more reason not to. Eventually, a generic will come out for Lipitor and I’ll switch to a generic then.
most people can handle the neurotoxins of most statin drugs...I cant.
Oh and that quintuplet bypass...I probably wouldn’t have gotten it under 0Care
and a pill wouldn’t have helped me.
Yep....check out what the Space Doc has to say about statins also....http://spacedoc.net/
Took a blood pressure med that caused horrific leg cramps and shortness of breath along with weight gain and a nasty cough.
I’ll take my changes without their help, thank you.
This is the FDA trying to help ObamGoof's healthreform. Like NYC trying to ban salt.
I told my doc I’d rather die of a heart attack than liver cancer.
He was not amused.
Ooops. Take my CHANCES
I will ask my cardio about CoQ10 and VitD3. Don’t get much sun.
My brother died of liver cancer—actually spread to his liver from his colon.
Take the heart attack.
(also,wife and I were prescribed Vitorin—a statin. That lasted less than a week. Both woke up with leg cramps each morning, something that never happened before—we told the Doc—ixnay on the drugs.
I thought so also, but unfortunately, it doesn’t always happen that way.
They can keep tabs on your liver and such with 6 months or yearly test.
Any problems can be caught if you have these done.
Under 0Care I doubt that tests will continue.
But, I don’t know what he has in store. Just a guess.
Don’t say that!
I have been taking Lipitor for years. If I don’t my #s hit 600. Yeah I know. I have to have tests ever 4 months. It is amazing how one test off of Lipitor is so high and 4 months later on Lipitor they are in the very low 200s.
Haven’t tried crestor. afraid to NOT take Lip.
Be well and happy.
My doc gave me three months to lower it. Its at 144. My HDL is too low. He also said to take vitamin D - 1000/day.
YES, tell your doctor about anything unusual. Cramps, pain, etc. Anything different. You can be in charge. Ask to try something else. I did.
All statins have the same side effects, that is why I don’t take them.
He was not amused."
Mine wasn't either; doing fine on diet(old fashioned oats), exercise and not worrying about it. It the sweet by and by I'll be there...
Not saying the others are not good. Just find the one that fits you.
They put me on Crestor after the operation. It was not a generic.
I asked what the difference was between Crestor and the others.
He said Crestor was more up to date and worked more efficiently.
Not in those exact words. That convinced me to stay on it awhile
and pay the cost. My diabetic husband has done great on Zocor.
Oatmeal, walking, watching my diet. Good multi viatimins, etc.
Keeping a good attitude altho since the maoist was elected it’s been hard to keep the stress levels down.
This is old news, folks. They’re talking about rhabdomyolysis, which is where your muscles can begin to breakdown, ache, and cause renal failure. It’s pretty rare.
If you’re on a lot of meds, it might be a wise move to consider crestor (rosuvastatin). It’s the cleanest of the statins with the fewest interactions with other meds.
Yep ever individual is different. What works for one may not be right for another.
You can get peripheral neuropathy from statin drugs....
I took this stuff and my muscles were SOOOOO sore. We switched to Crestor.
I have a dear Aunt who was just recently diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, she had been on Lipitor for less than a year. Her symptoms started out as leg cramps and dizziness, and was wrongly diagnosed w/ restless leg syndrome. She has always been a very energetic, hard worker, but she has been unable to even drive herself for the past few weeks...and will probably never recover fully.
Whitaker and several others warn that although everything listed on the bottle may very well be in the tablet/capsule, it is not necessarily getting into you system at full dose because of shortcuts used in either the raw products or the delivery process. COQ10 is one esp. to watch. Several have said COQ10 with Ubiquinol in a jell cap goes directly to cellular level and is utilized in full strength. Another to watch is E--be sure it has d-alpha (natural) instead of dl-alpha (synthetic). My husband's brother-in-law had all the by-passes he could have several years ago. He has been told there is nothing else to do for him--his hesrt is shot; his lungs are shot; and now his liver is going. He takes an awful number of pills including a heavy statin. His drs have not even told him to take fish oil and a vitamin. My husband's cardiologist believes in vitamins and esp. fish oil.
They tried statins on me and my husband. We both got leg cramps and he also had nose bleed often. We just told our doc we aren't taking them.
Where did the ng go? LOL
I make it a point to express my dismay at the direction he’s taking this country and not a single person has disagreed.
One person did say that all this unemployment is Bush’s fault, but she’s a member of the NEA and can’t help herself. So brainwashed, poor thing.
Yep. The various heart publications indicate that if you're going to have problems, they normally will happen in the first few months.
Since 1995 I have taken high doses of Lipitor followed by simvastatin 80mg. I had 6 coronary bypasses in 1981 and now, 29 years later, the bypasses are still open. Liver and kidney functions have been normal, checked regularly. Haven't had muscle problems in that time so I'm not likely to be scared off quickly.
Nose bleeds? Now that’s something different.
If you can’t, you can’t. I’m afraid not to take them
now after not taking them before my operation.
I don’t want more by-passes or what I fear the most...stroke.
Sounds like you were taking lisinopril. Maybe you see try a ARBS (Angiotensin II receptor blockers ).
T. Package RN
I agree. I'm on 20 mg. Simvastatin with 10 mg. Zetia and have great numbers with no ill effects in over a year.
Yup, the notorious lisinopril. Oh that kennel cough was something else.
Read up on it...it may be something of interest.
80mg is a very high dose. I was on 40 at a high and now 20. Numbers good.
I’m on 40 mg - have noticed shaking in left hand recently. Numbers have been stable for 2+ yeasr now, about 155-165 total cholesterol.
Was wondering if I could decrease ...
I give up, what’s peripheral, etc
- "target" levels were established to ensure enough of the population would fall "at risk" (even been adjusted lower to get more users over time)
- the statins cross the blood-brain barrier and kill off cholesterol in the brain that is not easily replenishable (BTW, the body, esp. the brain NEEDs cholesterol to function and grow!)
- I went and had one of the cardiac scoring high-tech MRIs that you have to pay for out of pocket (most ins. don't cover) and found out that I have way less than 10% scaling, which based on my age, is quite good (it is actually the scaling or calcification in the arteries that is a cause of heart disease, not a high cholesterol level!)
- all of the studies that they have done over the years can only establish a very weak (almost non-existent) relationship between the use of statins and lower instances of heart disease
Obviously everyone should do their own research (i.e., not rely on an AMA member) and make their own decision. I have felt so much better since I stopped and have had all of those nasty side effects disappear over time.
Iunderstand your fear. Most people feel the same as you--afraid not to because the dr. prescribes; just read everything you can about statins. If you haven't subscribed to Newsmax, do so and you will get bulletins on health news. Between the fact that the normal high for cholesterol as well as LDL, triglicerides, etc. were lowered drastically a couple decades ago, and the huge side effects listed for statins, plus the 2 or 3 huge research programs that have been terminated early because the statin group were having many more strokes and heart attacks tha the placebo group--I am much more afraid to take them than not.