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Cholesterol-lowering drugs can cause Amnesia!
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Katz4U posted:
The following Cholesterol-lowering drugs are now linked with causing Amnesia in some patience. the drugs mentioned in the People's Pharmacy paper - said that the FDA is now acknowledging that the following drugs can cause Amnesia -- atrovastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin and simvastatin -- ---
My question is what other types of GENERIC CHOLESTEROL-LOWERING DRUGS ARE YOU USING??? I am pre-disposed to high cholesterol and it has nothing to do with my diet.... now what?
Any Advice for me...

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what other types of medicines are out there to lower cholesterol other than the following atrovastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin and simvastatin -- all FDA warning now concurring that it can cause Amnesia and has caused that in me very baddly.
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bobby75703 responded:
Cognitive problems with cholesterol lowering statin drugs have been known by many for a long time. Only now has the FDA issued the warning.

This should not be surprising. The brain is comprised mostly of fats and cholesterol. Cholesterol plays a vital role in nerve function in the brain. The brain is the one organ most dependent on cholesterol to function properly, depending upon roughly 20% of your body's cholesterol supply.
 
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bobby75703 replied to bobby75703's response:
Following is a scientific paper describing cholesterol's healthy function in the nervous system and brain.

Cholesterol Allows Nerve Cells to Make Contact:
http://www.mdc-berlin.de/en/news/archive/2001/20011108-cholesterol_allows_nerve_cells_to_make_con/index.html
 
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billh99 responded:
You might want to look at the actual data.

It is fairly rare.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2012/02/29/how-rare-are-statin-related-memory-issues/

[blockquote>The Applicant reported that 18 rosuvastatin-treated subjects versus 4 placebo-treated subjects experienced the AE of "confusional state". Six of the 18 confusional states in rosuvastatin-treated subjects were considered as a SAE. Two subjects were not on study medication at the time and others had concurrent medical conditions and/or medications ongoing at the time of the event
[/blockquote>So 18 patients out of a total of 8,901 reported having a confused state quadruple the number on placebo. (Two of the patients were not taking drug when the confusional state happened, but normally they'd be included in a safety analysis anyway to be conservative.) So although we're talking about quadrupling of risk of becoming extremely confused, Crestor would have only caused this side effect in 0.16% of patients.
 
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bobby75703 replied to billh99's response:
I would agree with Bill that confusional state and out right amnesia is rare.

However, many of my personal contacts who have taken statins have reported poor memory. While that's a far cry from amnesia, Its a larger number of people affected to the lesser degree.


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