Statin Drugs Can Cause Memory Loss
Following the receipt of studies and side effect reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a safety alert that statin drugs can cause memory loss, in addition to elevated blood sugar and type 2 diabetes.
They added that when the statin lovastatin (such as Mevacor) is combined with antibiotic or antiviral drugs, muscle weakening can result.
The safety alert will require new label warnings on the products. Dr. Amy Egan, an FDA officer, told Reuters, “they need to be taken with care and knowledge of their side effects.”
Between 20 and 30 million Americans take statins, which include AstraZeneca’s Crestor, Pfizer’s Lipitor, and Merck’s Zocor, Mevacor and other brands. The primary purpose of statin drugs is to reduce cholesterol.
With this news, some health experts are concluding that statins should only be prescribed for serious cases.
The memory loss warning comes after side effects were reported from statin studies, combined with some anecdotal clinical reports. The diabetes warning comes after at least two studies – one in 2008 and another in 2010 – showed that statins can raise the risk of type 2 diabetes by 9%.
At the same time, numerous studies have shown that certain foods, and diet changes in general, can also significantly reduce cholesterol – especially the “bad” cholesterols such as LDL (low density lipoprotein) and VLDL (very low density lipoprotein) – without the side effects these and other drugs are known to have.
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Any person taking this or any other pharmaceutical should not make any changes without consulting their health professional.