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More on Statins (cholesterol) & Drug Cos

From: Teresa Binstock <binstock@peakpeak.com>

While we contemplate the recent public-relations/marketing campaign on
behalf of statin-making pharmcos, we might appreciate the additional
marketing benefits derived from treating adverse sequelae caused by statins
only (of course) in an acceptably "low" percentage of individuals. The same
dynamic occurs with sequelae from hypervaccinosis and from toxicvaccinosis
- the neurologic and other sequelae enhance sales of OTCs and pharms that
mask symptoms.

MayoClinic.com - Statin drugs: Potential side effects ...
Like all medications, statins have potential side effects. Fortunately,
statins are well tolerated by most people. The most common side effects of
statins are: ...
www.mayoclinic.com/invoke.cfm?id=AN00587 - 34k

Lipitor: Side Effects And Natural Remedy - Health Supreme ...
Pharma, Serious side effects have been reported for Lipitor and other
cholesterol-lowering drugs - the so-called statins - prescribed to millions
for preventive ...

Gabe Mirkin, MD.
A report from Austria confirms that statin drugs, used to lower blood ...

Statin Side Effects ...
Statins may deplete this natural antioxidant that helps your body's cells
produce energy. ...
Discuss the best dosage with your doctor. Side effects? Call the doc. ...
www.prevention.com/cda/ feature2002/0,2479,s1-5681,00.html

Serious Side-Effects of Statins
Jun. 14, 2004 Dr. Kim Mulvihill Reporting

A consumer group wants the FDA to pull the cholesterol drug "Crestor" off
the market, because of a serious side effect.

The manufacturer of Crestor says its drug is as safe as any other statin.
But you need to know more than that -- they all have side effects.

Statins -- these little pills are touted by many as the next wonder drug.
They're considered safe and effective, but they don't work for everyone.

Kraus: A small but significant percent of the population will not show a
cholesterol reduction even if they are taking a good dose of statins. They
appear to have some resistance to the cholesterol lowering effects.

And, like all medications there are risks to taking statins, including a
rare but potentially life-threatening condition called rhabdomyolysis.
That's where skeletal muscle fibers are damaged, releasing proteins into
the bloodstream. Some of these are toxic to the kidney and may lead to
kidney failure or even death.

Rhabdomyolysis can be triggered by trauma, extreme exertion like running a
marathon, heatstroke, or drug use -- especially cocaine, amphetamines,
heroin or PCP.

And statistics show it can be caused by statins. Over a twenty-nine month
period 601 cases of rhabdomyolysis were reported to the FDA, including 38

Three years ago, Baycol was taken off the market after a significantly
higher number of deaths were linked to the drug compared to other statins.

Symptoms include unexplained muscle pain, tenderness or weakness,
generalized weakness, and urine that's dark red or cola colored.

If you take statins and have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor.
Also, this risk of developing this muscle condition is greatest when
starting a statin, increasing the dose, or when it's combined with certain
other medications including Erythromycin - a very common antibiotic.