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Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs do not appear to raise the risk of memory loss or dementia, a new review finds. "In February 2012, largely based on anecdotal reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety statement warning patients of possible adverse mental effects associated with statin use," said senior study author Dr. Emil deGoma, medical director of the preventive cardiovascular program at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. However, the scientific evidence the researchers analyzed showed that statins -- which include drugs such as Crestor, Lipitor and Zocor -- aren't connected with memory loss or mental declines, deGoma said.
These findings should be highly reassuring to people taking -- or who should be taking -- statins to reduce their risk of cardiovascular events and stroke," said Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
"As cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death, disability and health care expenditures, statin therapy, together with a healthy diet and regular exercise, represents one of the most extensively studied, safe, effective and value-driven ways to improve individual and population-level cardiovascular health," he said.
...The side effects from statins are very well known. EVERYONE I know who has taken them has had problems. Mental decline problems and/or severe cramps in the bones/muscles problems. My inlaws on these things got really ditzy. The anecdotal evidence and real life experiences of people who have taken the drugs, or who have family members who have taken the drugs, says this study is dead wrong.