This is why I won’t take anything that hasn’t been on the market for a long time:

One day in 1999 Duane Graveline, then a 68-year-old former NASA astronaut, returned home from his morning walk in Merritt Island, Fla., and could not remember where he was. His wife stepped outside, and he greeted her as a stranger. When Graveline’s memory returned some six hours later in the hospital, he racked his brain to figure out what might have caused this terrifying bout of amnesia. Only one thing came to mind: he had recently started taking the statin drug Lipitor.

Cholesterol-lowering statins such as Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor are the most widely prescribed medications in the world, and they are credited with saving the lives of many heart disease patients. But recently a small number of users have voiced concerns that the drugs elicit unexpected cognitive side effects, such as memory loss, fuzzy thinking and learning difficulties. Hundreds of people have registered complaints with MedWatch, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s adverse drug reaction database, but few studies have been done and the results are inconclusive.

Nevertheless, many experts are starting to believe that a small percentage of the population is at risk, and they are calling for increased public awareness of the possible cognitive side effects of statins—symptoms that may be misdiagnosed as dementia in the aging patients who take them.

3 thoughts on “Statins

  1. On the other hand,

    Statin drugs may lower colon cancer risk: study

    (Reuters) Statin drugs may lower the risk of colon cancer by as much as 12 percent, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.

    The longer people took the highly popular cholesterol-lowering pills, the lower their risk of later developing colon cancer, the researchers told a meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology.

    Many researchers have found that statin drugs … have effects far beyond lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart disease.

    “Observational studies have suggested that long-term use of statins is associated with reduced risk of several cancers, including breast, prostate, lung, pancreas and liver,” said Dr. Jewel Samadder…, who led the study.

    Carolyn Kay

  2. “unexpected cognitive side effects, such as memory loss, fuzzy thinking and learning difficulties”

    That could go a long way to explain the behavior of the Tea Party members… the drug companies are far more insidious than I imagined!

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