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Monday, 31 May 2010

Statins. The wonder drug not so wonderful!

Doctors are now being told to prescribe the lowest-possible dose of the cholesterol-lowering statin drugs after a study discovered they cause a range of health problems, including serious liver and kidney failure. Statins have hitherto been considered a 'safe' drug, with many doctors calling for them to be given to anyone who might develop heart disease. They have been routinely prescribed to the over-50s for many years - to prevent heart disease.

But there are no safe ConMed drugs, despite what patients are told! A new study from Nottingham University has discovered that they cause serious liver and kidney dysfunction and failure, myopathy, cataracts, and serious muscle disease. They have implicated most Statin drugs, although  the risk of liver disease was worst with patients taking fluvastatin. 

The source of this information is the British Medical Journal, 2010; 340: c2197), and reported by 'What Doctors Don"t Tell You' (