Tag: "liver damage"

Dying Patients Kept On Statin Drugs For No Good Reason

| August 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

You’d think (or hope) that when you are on your deathbed doctors would start to ease down on prescribing drugs to you that you really don’t need. Well, that might not be the case for millions of terminally ill patients. According to the horrifying results of a new study, some patients are still being given […]

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Benefits Of Lowering Cholesterol Are Based On Flawed Data

| September 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recently, the European Society of Cardiology held its annual conference in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. One of the studies presented at the meeting is reported here. The research compares the number of patients achieving recommended LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in the UK with those in Germany. In the UK, general practitioners are remunerated for having […]

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Could Statins Have A Detrimental Effect On Your Joints?

| June 6, 2013 | Comments (1)

Regular readers will know that research already links statins to a long list of side effects, including diabetes, liver damage, kidney damage, muscle pain, fatigue and mental confusion. New evidence suggests that another type of health issue may need to be added to that list, in the form of joint diseases and injuries. This finding […]

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Doctor-Patient Relationship: Honest About Drug Side Effects

| January 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Good communication is, I think, is the bedrock of a good doctor-patient relationship, especially when it comes to disclosing drug side effects… One thing that frustrates some doctors is when their patients do not take their advice. A major gripe can be the failure to take medications as prescribed. In a recent study published in […]

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Mipomersen – New Cholesterol Drug, New Side Effects

| November 5, 2012 | Comments (1)

I was reading here that the Food and Drug Administration in the US has approved a new drug to treat raised cholesterol. It goes by the name of mipomersen, and will specifically be used for the treatment of ‘homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia’ – a severe form of genetically driven raised cholesterol levels. The drug, taken by […]

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How Statins Affect Brain Function

| August 30, 2012 | Comments (22)

While some doctors and researchers seem keen to downplay the potential hazards of statins, their use is linked with a range of unwanted effects including muscle weakness, muscle pain, liver damage and kidney damage. These are all well-recognised side-effects from this form of medication. However, there is also some thought that statins can affect brain […]

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Mass Medication – How The Great Statin Push Is Gaining Momentum

| May 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

Recently, there have been calls for the statin-net to be widened to include all people over the age of 50, irrespective of their degree of risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. This idea was apparently supported by the findings of a study which was published online on 17 May in The […]

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Official Statistics On Statin Side Effects Don’t Add Up

| April 12, 2012 | Comments (1)

About a year ago I was at a medical lecture. At one point, the subject turned to cholesterol reduction and the use of statin drugs. One member of the audience remarked that in his experience as a doctor he encountered statin medication side effects in his patients much more commonly than the ‘official statistics’ suggest. […]

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