Tuesday, June 24, 2008
STATINS can KILL you! My cousin nearly died from taking Lipator. The only thing that saved him was that his wife (an ex-nurse) knew that it HAD to be the STATIN drugs. She argued vehemently with the doctors until they began to treat him for the STATIN side affects…it took 7 days to stabilize him. That was just over a year ago; Just this Sunday, a friend (shirt tail relative) died from the exact same symptoms. The doctors weren’t convinced that the STATINS “rare” side affects were killing him. Listen, those makers of the STATIN drugs aren’t going to come right out and tell you that it could kill you…READ the fine print! QUIT taking them if you Notice any unexplained muscle pain…because that’s just the beginning….
Here's what they tell you....
Treating High Cholesterol
Types of Medications
Sometimes diet and exercise are not enough to control cholesterol. In that case, your doctor may prescribe a cholesterol-lowering drug. The important thing to remember is that you must continue to take the medication as directed by your doctor. If you stop taking the medicine, or stop eating a healthy diet and exercising, your cholesterol levels may increase.
The drugs most commonly used to lower cholesterol are:
Fibrates and Fenofibrates
Fibrates lower triglycerides and increase HDL cholesterol levels. Fibrates are effective in lowering blood triglyceride levels to prevent heart disease. By reducing the production of triglycerides and increasing HDL cholesterol, they can also reduce levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol. Fibrates are made up of two categories, fenofibrates and gemfibrozil.
Statins work in the liver to block production of cholesterol. Statins are very effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels. Statins are generally safe for most people when used with proper medical monitoring.
Bile Acid Sequestrants
Bile acid sequestrants combine with bile acids in the intestine, which makes less cholesterol available to go into the bloodstream. These drugs are rarely prescribed by themselves to lower cholesterol. Your doctor may prescribe a bile acid sequestrant along with a statin.
Nicotinic acid lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises HDL cholesterol.
New medications, like cholesterol absorption inhibitors, lower cholesterol by absorbing excess cholesterol in the intestine, which blocks its entry into the blood. For instance, ezetimibe is prescribed with a statin to help reduce the cholesterol that is absorbed from the digestive tract.
Good Cholesterol vs. Bad Cholesterol
Understanding the two types of cholesterol, which have different purposes and are broken down in different ways, can be confusing. These explanations will give you a better picture of what they are and how they work in your body:
What is HDL-C?
High-density lipoprotein cholesterol — HDL-C — is the “good” cholesterol. It is good because this cholesterol is being carried from the blood vessels to the liver, where the body can break it down. That is why you need a high level of HDL-C. If it’s too low, it can’t carry cholesterol away. A high level of HDL-C may decrease your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, while a low level may increase your risk.
What is LDL-C?
Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol — LDL-C — is the “bad” cholesterol in your body. LDL carries the majority (65%-75%) of the cholesterol in the bloodstream. Too much LDL-C can cause cholesterol to build up on the artery walls, which is called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis increases a person’s risk for having a heart attack.
What is Apolipoprotein B (apo B)?
Apolipoprotein B (apo B) is a protein that is found in low-density lipoprotein (LDL). People who have high cholesterol that is caused by a difference in their genetic makeup often have high levels of apo B.
What are triglycerides?
Triglycerides, the most common form of fat in the body, are stored in fat cells and used as energy. They too are made by the body and found in many foods. Elevated levels of triglycerides also are linked to developing heart disease.
NO THIS: ALL OF THE STATIN DRUGS CONTAIN THE SAME DANGEROUS INGREDIENT, WHICH IS RED YEAST RICE!
(Here is one brand of Cholesterol lower drug…I put the “side affects” in bold so you would notice them.) Who shouldn’t take ANTARA capsules?
You should not take ANTARA capsules if you are allergic or sensitive to fenofibrate, have gallbladder disease, or have liver or severe kidney disease, or if you are pregnant or nursing.
Are there other risks associated with ANTARA?
Fenofibrate has been associated with increases of liver enzyme levels to greater than 3 times the normal limit. These levels usually returned to normal with continued treatment or upon discontinuation of treatment. However, REPEATED HIGH LEVELS OF LIVER ENZYMES MAY HARM YOUR LIVER. Regular periodic monitoring of liver function should be performed and ANTARA should be discontinued if enzyme levels remain higher than 3 times the normal limit. Fenofibrate MAY LEAD TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF GALLSTONES. If you feel pain in the abdominal area while taking ANTARA, you should contact your doctor immediately. This can be a sign of gallstones or inflammation of the pancreas. If gallstones are found, ANTARA should be discontinued. The use of fibrates including ANTARA MAY OCCASIONALLY BE ASSOCIATED WITH UNEXPLAINED MUSCLE PAIN OR WEAKNESS.Unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you have a fever or feel more tired than usual, could be A SIGN OF A SERIOUS SIDE EFFECT and should be reported to your doctor immediately. (this is what my cousin experienced, his major organs were beginning to shut down because it causes the muscles to seize up, the heart is a pretty important muscle. Tom was hospitalized for 6 or 7 days and he still has problems relating from that incident he almost died and was in a lot of pain; he was taking Lipator)
Will ANTARA interfere with my other medication?
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines while taking ANTARA capsules. ANTARA may increase the effect of anticoagulant or blood thinning medications such as Coumadin® (warfarin sodium). Your doctor may want to monitor your anticoagulant therapy more often and may need to reduce the dose of the anticoagulant to maintain the desired level of effectiveness. The use of ANTARA with other cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins should be avoided unless recommended by your doctor, and the benefits are likely to outweigh the risks. The combined use of fenofibrates with statins has been associated with MUSCLE INJURY AND KIDNEY DAMAGE LEADING TO KIDNEY FAILURE. Because ANTARA is eliminated through the kidneys, there is a risk that an interaction with immunosuppressant drugs such as cyclosporine could cause kidney damage. You should talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of using ANTARA if you are on immunosuppressant therapy or on other drugs that may be harmful to the kidneys.
What were the most frequently reported side effects during ANTARA therapy?
In clinical trials, the most FREQUENTLY OBSERVED SIDE EFFECTS WERE ABNORMAL LIVER FUNCTION, RESPIRATORY DISORDERS, ABDOMINAL PAIN, BACK PAIN, AND HEADACHE. (like those aren’t worth mentioning!) Thing is, your doctor will tell you that those symptoms are "rare", and he/she won't put two and two together until it's too late to recover. Not everyone will suffer from taking statins. But why take the chance? All it amounts to is pharmaceutical roulette.