Cholesterol Drug - The Most Prescribed Drug In The World And The Side Effects Everyone Should Know......
The Cholesterol Drug - Are The Most Well Known Medication Prescribed By Doctors For The Management of their cholesterol.
The most prescribed cholesterol drug is the Statins, but they can cause many damaging and bad side effects.
What are statins, and what do they do?
"Statins" are a class of drugs that lower the level of cholesterol in the blood. This is made possible by reducing the production of cholesterol in the liver. Statins block the enzyme in the liver responsible for making cholesterol. Medically speaking, statins are referred to as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors.
Cholesterol is essential to the normal working of every cell in the body.
It can also cause the development of atherosclerosis. Arosclerosis is a condition, in which cholesterol-containing plaques form within the inner walls of the arteries. These plaques block the passage way in the arteries and reduce the flow of blood to the tissues. When plaques rupture, a blood clot forms, further blocking the artery and reducing the flow of blood. When blood flow is reduced sufficiently in the arteries that supply blood to the heart, the result is, pain in the chest or more severely a heart attack.
If the clot is in the brain, the result is a stroke.
If the clots occur in the leg, they cause pain in the legs while walking. This condition is known as intermittent claudication.
When are statins used?
Statins are used for preventing and treating atherosclerosis that causes chest pain, heart attacks, strokes.
What are the risk and side effects when using statins for treating atherosclerosis? The most common side effects are:
Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Constipation, Diarrhea,, General Weakness, Fatique and Muscle Pain.
The most serious but rarely happen are liver failure and rhabdomyolysis.
Rhabdomyolysis is a serious side effect in which there is serious damage to the muscles. Rhabdomyolysis begins as muscle pain and can progress to loss of muscle cells, kidney failure, and even death. It occurs more often when statins are used in combination with other drugs.
Statins must not be used during pregnancy.
This is because of the risk of serious adverse effects to the developing fetus. Please remember, cholesterol drug is not to be used or taken when you know you are pregnant.
Examples of Statins that are approved for use in the U.S. are: