Medication

Pravastatin Side Effects

Pravastatin Side Effects

All medications have both positive and negative effects and Pravastatin isn’t an exemption to this. In fact, despite its effectiveness in helping lowering bad cholesterol, it has been found out containing lots of side effects as well. However, it is not because of this negative effect that you shouldn’t be using this drug, weighing the good effects over the bad is important.

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Zocor Side Effects – The Negatives Of A Very Effect Cholesterol Lowering Drug

Zocor Side Effects – The Negatives Of A Very Effect Cholesterol Lowering Drug

When you talk about Zocor, you aren’t referring to something like an approach, a process or an exercise of any kind. It is actually a brand of medication, specifically a simvastatin, which works best in lowering the bad cholesterol levels and triglycerides in the blood stream, thus also keeping a person away from any forms of heart problems such as heart attacks and strokes.

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Side Effects Of Statin Drugs May Be Prevented By A DNA Test

Side Effects Of Statin Drugs May Be Prevented By A DNA Test

People who are diagnosed with high cholesterol often turn to prescription medications to reduce their cholesterol levels.  These medications, statins, are prescribed to over 20 million Americans and are extremely effective in reducing a person’s chance of a heart attack.  The problem is that statin drugs have side effects that some patients must deal with.

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Do Statin Medications Provide Short-Term Heart Attack Prevention?

Do Statin Medications Provide Short-Term Heart Attack Prevention?

Statin medications are very well known or drastically lowering cholesterol levels and preventing heart disease. There are now over 30 million people in the U.S. that are prescribed statins. Since these drugs are well known for preventing cardiac issues in the future, it is easy to question whether they would work well for people that are at an immediate risk of having a heart attack.

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New Possible Benefit Of Statins – Reduced Prostate Cancer Risk

New Possible Benefit Of Statins – Reduced Prostate Cancer Risk

Statins are a class of medications that are typically used only for reducing cholesterol levels.  By lowering cholesterol the risk of coronary heart disease drops.  There are currently over 30 million Americans that are prescribed statin medications to help control cholesterol.  With this number of people using these drugs there is becoming a large pool of data to study what other effects people are experiencing from taking these medications.  While there are negative side effects to consider there are also some positive benefits that are starting to emerge.  

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Not Taking Statin Medications Increases Cost Of Healthcare

Not Taking Statin Medications Increases Cost Of Healthcare

High cholesterol is a condition that is becoming extremely common as the average diet and lifestyle becomes less healthy.  Over 34 million Americans are prescribed cholesterol lowering drugs.  The class of drugs called statins are found to be very effective in reducing cholesterol levels.  However, these cholesterol drugs can work only if the patient continues to take them.  Whether it is because of side effects, the costs of the drugs or whether the patient feels like they are healthy enough to stop taking the statin medications, many patients end up not adhering to the prescription their doctor has provided.  This leads to an increase in hospital visits and a jump in the cost of healthcare.

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Zocor Vs. Lipitor – FDA Warns Against High Dosage Of Simvastatin

Zocor Vs. Lipitor – FDA Warns Against High Dosage Of Simvastatin

Statins have become a popular choice for doctors when they want to prescribe medication for cholesterol control.  Two of the most popular brands of statins are Zocor and Lipitor.  Both of these belong in a class of drugs that are very effective in lowering cholesterol, but they do come with a price – side effects.  Many patients, as well as doctors, seriously contemplate the benefits and downfalls of Zocor vs. Lipitor when choosing a drug that may help lower the risk of heart attack.  The FDA has now weighed in and has issued a statement that may make most people lean towards Lipitor:

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Raising HDL Cholesterol May Not Provide A Decrease In Heart Disease Risk

Raising HDL Cholesterol May Not Provide A Decrease In Heart Disease Risk

It has been observed that people with high HDL levels (the ‘good’ cholesterol) benefited from longer lives and fewer heart attacks and strokes.  With this observation it was then widely assumed that if you took steps to increased these levels, whether with diet or medication, you could then see these benefits for yourself.  Unfortunately, recent studies are indicating that raising HDL cholesterol does not affect your risk of heart disease.  Even worse is that doctors are not clear as to why this is the case.

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The Pros And Cons Of Using Medication For Cholesterol Control

The Pros And Cons Of Using Medication For Cholesterol Control

Whenever there is a problem that needs to be fixed we all want a fast and easy solution.  If the problem is high cholesterol then the fast and easy fix would be prescription medication for cholesterol control.  However, is this really the solution that you want?  Let’s examine what positives and negatives a person may encounter when using the most popular drugs to reduce cholesterol.

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