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Dr. told me to take statins after a high cholesterol reading. When I asked for how long, he said forever
Other potential side-effects include risk of Type 2 diabetes, reversible muscle damage and short-term kidney damage.
In March, epidemiologist Colin Dormuth, an assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology, pharmacology and therapeutics at the University of British Columbia, looked at the use of high potency statins and rates of admission for acute kidney injury.
"There are a lot of patients out there taking the drugs right now who don't have a history of heart disease who are hoping to prevent heart disease and in all likelihood will derive absolutely no benefit," Dormuth said.
You don't have to take a statin for ever, regardless what your GP told you.
This is par for the course. It's all about money, plain and simple.
It's a travesty that the almighty dollar and big pharma control every aspect of the medical industry...from the mutli-billion dollar research institutes to the small town family doctor.
Prescribing drugs is their stock-in-trade. It's downright evil.
I had an elderly neighbor who was prescribed 17 medications. Seventeen!
Not only does the medical industry\big pharma keep producing new drugs non-stop, they create new
medical conditions\diseases\maladies so they can have their army of doctors prescribe the drugs.
I remember in the late 1990s, the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline launched a huge campaign to peddle their drug Paxil. They distributed pamphlets claiming that one in eight Americans had social anxiety disorder. That's insane!
To my knowledge, the U.S. and New Zealand are the only countries that allow direct-to-consumer marketing for medications. We will soon be seeing an endless stream of these statin drugs advertised in TV commercials, pamphlets, and ads in every printed medium available.
By the time my mother was 58 she was on 9 different medications and she could no even eat due to the stomach problems the pills were causing.
Millions more told to take statins
Millions more Britons may be told to take statins to lower their chance of strokes and heart attacks, after research that caused a radical change in American healthcare guidance
Millions taking statins 'needlessly'
Up to 3 million people are taking statins needlessly, doctors warn today in a comprehensive study that suggests they are ineffective in many cases and could be doing more harm than good.