Tag: "simvastatin"

Certain Antibiotics Increase The Risk of Statin Side Effects

| August 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

Statins do have the capacity to prevention heart attacks and strokes, but they are not without risk either. They can, for example, be toxic to the muscles and kidneys. In extreme circumstances, they can cause muscle breakdown known as ‘rhabdomyolisis’ and injury to the kidney that can prove fatal. The risk of toxic effects of […]

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Could Statin-Induced CoQ10 Deficiency Cause Heart Failure?

| May 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recently, a medical conference took place in Lisbon, Portugal. At this conference, researcher Professor Svend Mortensen from Copenhagen, Denmark presented the results of a study into the impact of the nutrient coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) on individuals with heart failure (weakened power in the heart, which can lead to a range of symptoms including breathlessness, fatigue […]

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Taking Statins Could Sabotage Your Efforts To Get Fit

| May 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

According to recently-published research, any effort we put into physical exercise may not translate into fitness benefits for people taking statins. People exercise for many reasons. A major motivator is the desire to ‘get fit and healthy’. Regular exercise induces changes that can increase strength and endurance. It also increases the number of tiny structures […]

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Ezetimibe – The Research Results They Tried To Keep Hidden

| April 11, 2013 | Comments (1)

Two weeks ago I wrote about a review of the evidence for the cholesterol-lowering drug ezetimibe [1]. The authors of the review brought, quite rightfully, our attention to the fact that ezetimibe has never been tested on its own and its health impact compared to placebo. They also admitted, that when ezetimibe is combined with […]

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Tredaptive: Cholesterol-modifying drug withdrawn due to harmful side effects

| March 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

In January of this year, the drug company Merck made the decision to withdraw Tredaptive (a cholesterol-modifying drug) from the market. Niacin is a form of vitamin B3 that is claimed to have ‘beneficial’ effects on blood cholesterol levels, which has been shown to reduce levels of ‘unhealthy’ LDL-cholesterol, while at the same time boosting […]

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Evidence Shows Statins Deplete CoQ10

| January 3, 2013 | Comments (2)

Statins are drugs that reduce cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme in the liver known as ‘HMG-CoA reductase’. This enzyme ‘drives’ cholesterol production. HMG-CoA reductase also participates in the formation of a substance known as ‘coenzyme Q10,’ which is involved in energy production in the body. Specifically, coenzyme Q10 (or CoQ10 for short) helps in the […]

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Statins Linked To Impaired Sexual Function In Men

| November 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

Most of the cholesterol floating around in your bloodstream comes not directly from your diet, but is manufactured in your liver. The body tends not to do extraneous things, and so it’s perhaps no surprise that cholesterol is an essential element in many bodily structures and substances including ‘steroid’ hormones, which include sex hormones such […]

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Safety Information Lacking On Statin Sales Websites

| February 6, 2012 | Comments (1)

Many countries do not allow the advertising of prescription medications, like statin drugs, direct to the consumer. However, some countries, notably the United States, do not have such restrictions. As a result, websites exist which allow individuals to purchase medication, including statins. Statins, like other drugs, are not harmless, and in fact can have a […]

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