sideeffectsDo you have high cholesterol? Has your doctor prescribed one of the STATIN drugs to help you get it under control? Maybe you aren’t feeling as good as you did before you started using those drugs. Unfortunately, like most drugs, these drugs usually have side effects. The symptoms vary depending on what type of cholesterol drug is being taken, but they include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Nausea
  • Allergic reaction (skin rashes)
  • Heartburn
  • Dizziness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Indigestion
  • Gas
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Gout
  • High blood sugar
  • Bloating
  • Cholesterol gallstones

In addition to the above, some drugs may carry the risk of serious side effects, such as Rhabdomyolysis (a muscle condition that can cause kidney failure), muscle pain or weakness, and liver abnormalities.

Here’s a list of the more popular statin drugs;

  • Lipitor (atorvastatin) – Pfizer
  • Zocor (simvastatin) – Merck
  • Pravachol (pravastatin) – Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Lescol (fluvastatin) – Novartis
  • Mevacor (lovastatin) – Merck
  • Crestor (rosuvastatin) – AstraZeneca

Please read everything you can about Statins. I am extremely passionate about this topic and I’m standing up and yelling about it.
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