Cholesterol drugs - Side Effects That Can Be Fatal...Be Aware Rather than Be Sorry Later...
Do Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Do Any Good?Cholesterol drugs namely the 'Statins" can be life-saving in patients who already have suffered heart attacks. They, somewhat reduce the chances of a recurrence that could lead to an early death. However,research suggests that, except among high-risk heart patients, the benefits of statins such as Lipitor and others, are overstated.
These drugs are the best-selling medicines in history. They are used by more than 13 million Americans and an additional 12 million patients around the world, bringing in $27.8 billion in sales in 2006.
Statins certainly performed as they should, dropping the cholesterol level by 20%. However, there are many complains about the adverse and life-threatening side effects from Statins.
Further research suggests there is no benefit in people over the age of 65, no matter how much their cholesterol declines and no benefit in women of any age. There is a small reduction in the number of heart attacks for middle-aged men taking statins in clinical trials. But even for these men, there was no overall reduction in total deaths or illnesses requiring hospitalization, despite the big reductions in their "bad" cholesterol.
Therefore, most people are taking something with no chance of benefit and a risk of harmful side effects.
Americans are bombarded with the message from doctors, big drug companies, and the media that high levels of "bad cholesterol" are an indication of early death and must be reduced quickly. Statins, they recommended, are the most potent weapons in that treatment.
The drugs are thought to be so essential that, according to the official government guidelines from the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP), 40 million Americans should be taking them. Some researchers have even suggested, half-jokingly, that the medications should be put in the water supply, like fluoride for teeth.
Statins are sold by Merck (MRK) (Mevacor and Zocor), AstraZeneca (AZN) (Crestor), and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) (Pravachol) in addition to Pfizer's Lipitor. And it's almost impossible to avoid reminders from the industry that the drugs are vital to your heart health.
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So how can anyone question the benefits of such a drug?