Skip to content

    Announcements

    Attention All WebMD Community Members:

    These message boards are closed to posting. Please head on over to our new WebMD Message Boards to check out and participate in the great conversations taking place: https://messageboards.webmd.com/

    Your new WebMD Message Boards are now open!

    Making the move is as easy as 1-2-3.

    1. Head over to this page: https://messageboards.webmd.com/health-conditions/f/heart-health/

    2. Choose the tag from the drop-down menu that clicks most with you (and add it to any posts you create so others can easily find and sort through posts)

    3. Start posting

    Have questions? Email us anytime at CommunityManagement@webmd.net

    Should I take PMS-ROSUVASTATIN to lower my cholesterol ?
    avatar
    matchmate posted:
    Hi

    I am 41yo ,male ,5,'7 165lb, active and working out 4 times a week I have extera 10-15lb. I have been diagnosed with high cholesterol the total of 7.0 my doctor prescribed me PMS-ROSUVASTATIN 5MG. After reading about STATIN and side effect I am not sure If it is safe to take it. I was just wondering if I can get your opinion and experience with STATIN so it make me nerves . Thanks

    Take the Poll

    should I take STATIN
    • Yes
    • NO
    vote
    View Poll Results
     
    avatar
    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    Noteworthy, as reported, advanced blood tests that show the SIZE of one's cholesterol particles can provide detailed info that can help to determine if one should really be on a statin.

    In general-only here, statins are good for some individuals, bad (side effects/adverse reactions) for others. On an individualized case-by-case basis, the benefits of taking a statin must clearly outweigh the risks.

    On the positive side, statins may/can stabilize vulnerable plaque (VP).

    VP hides well-away within the vessel wall (essentially a 0% blockage, but still unequivocal atherosclerosis), can't even be seen with invasive X-ray angiography (heart catheterization), causes no advance warning signs/symptoms, and is now recognized worldwide as the cause of the majority of heart attacks by way of plaque rupture causing a blood clot (thrombus).

    Statins also have anti-inflammatory properties and as applicable to the patient, thus lowers C-reactive protein (CRP/hs-CRP). Inflammation is recognized as a major player in the development and progression of atherosclerosis.

    Additionally, it has been known for some time now that atherosclerosis actually begins (the process and progression of) at a very early age, even as early as in the pre-teen/teenage years.

    Studies performed in the past have shown fatty streaks (represents the earliest precursor to plaque development and plaque is the pathological hallmark of atherosclerosis) as the beginning of atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries. Soft plaque (more dangerous and unpredictable than hard or calcified plaque) is the early stage of atherosclerosis.

    ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Most important, communicate/interact well with your doctor(s) at ALL times.

    Best of luck down the road of life.

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)



    -

    -

    Be well-informed

    What Your Cholesterol Levels Mean

    To determine how your cholesterol levels affect your risk of heart disease, your doctor will also take into account other risk factors such as age, family history, smoking and high blood pressure.

    http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=183

    Common Misconceptions about Cholesterol

    http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/PreventionTreatmentofHighCholesterol/Common-Misconceptions-about-Cholesterol_UCM_305638_Article.jsp

    Readers Digest

    Non-Statin Cholesterol Lowering Medications

    Othe drugs that can be used alone or in conjunction with statins

    http://www.rd.com/health/non-statin-cholesterol-lowering-medications

    -

    KNOW your prescription drugs and KNOW them WELL

    WebMD

    Drugs A-Z

    http://www.webmd.com/drugs/index-drugs.aspx

    Ask A Patient


    Rate a drug, side effects, comments, etc.

    http://askapatient.com/rateyourmedicine.htm

    iGuard


    http://www.iguard.org

    Drugstore com

    Drug Interaction Checker

    Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs may interact with other drugs, foods, beverages and dietary supplements.

    http://www.drugstore.com/pharmacy/drugchecker

    -

    Quote!

    "Be a questioning patient. TALK to your DOCTOR and ASK QUESTIONS. Studies show that patients who ask the most questions, and are most assertive, get the best results. Be vigilant and speak up!"

    - Charles Inlander, People's Medical Society


    .

    It's your future......be there.

    . .

    WebMD/WebMD forums DOES NOT provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


    WebMD DOES NOT endorse any specific product, service or treatment.
     
    avatar
    billh99 responded:
    In addition to what CardioStar said look at any risk factors that you have.

    Diabetes, pre-diabetes, hypertension, or any autoimmune diseases or family history of them.

    Or any family history of early heart disease.


    Helpful Tips

    Nix Grapefruit & Statin DrugsExpert
    Grapefruit & statin drugs can be a bad combination. Unlike other citrus fruits, grapefruit contains substances that disable certain ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    17 of 19 found this helpful

    Expert Blog

    The Heart Beat - James Beckerman, MD, FACC

    Dr. James Beckerman shares how small, livable lifestyle changes can have a real impact on your risk of heart attack and stroke...Read More

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    For more information, visit the Duke Health General and Consultative Heart Care Center