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Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Boost a Man's Sex Life: Study

Posted 30 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, March 29, 2014 – Anti-cholesterol drugs known as statins may help impotent men have stronger erections, a new evidence review suggests. But typical effects appear to be much smaller than those caused by Viagra-like drugs, and it may be barely noticeable to many men, an expert said. Still, the findings – which need to be confirmed in future studies – raise the prospect that statin drugs may become more appealing to men with erectile dysfunction, according to the researchers. Many people fail to consistently take the cholesterol-lowering medications, which can cause side effects such as joint pain. "This could be another reason to not stop the statin drugs, a kind of additional incremental benefit," said report lead author Dr. John Kostis, director of the Cardiovascular Institute of New Jersey at Rutgers University's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. However, he cautioned ... Read more

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Almost 13 Million More Americans Could Take Statins Under New Guidelines

Posted 19 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 – Nearly 13 million more Americans will be eligible to take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under new guidelines, and most of those additional users will be older than 60, researchers say. The American Heart Association guidelines were released last November and expanded the criteria for statin use to include people with an increased risk of developing heart disease over a 10-year period. Statin drugs include atorvastatin (sold under the brand name Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol) and rosuvastatin (Crestor). In this study, researchers used data from more than 3,700 Americans, aged 40 to 75, to determine how the new guidelines would affect the number of people who use statins. "By our estimate, there might be an uptick in usage as a result of the guidelines, from 43.2 million people to 56 million, which is nearly ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Food and Drugs Interact

Posted 27 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

-- When food and drinks interact with medication, the medication may not work sufficiently or the drug can become too powerful as the body has trouble handling it properly. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these common examples of food and drug interaction: Grapefruit juice interacts with several drugs and may affect the way the body metabolizes medication. Drugs that may interact with grapefruit juice include: some statins, antihistamines, thyroid medications, blood pressure medications, birth control pills, cough suppressants and medications that block stomach acids. Blood-thinning medications can interact with leafy green vegetables, affecting the blood's clotting ability. Natural black licorice may interact with certain blood pressure medications and blood-thinning medications. Salt substitutes can interact with ACE inhibitors and digoxin. Tyramine (found in foods ... Read more

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Low-Dose Statins Good Option for Some Heart Patients: Study

Posted 10 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 – A new analysis suggests that people at high risk for heart disease who can't take high-dose statin drugs to lower their cholesterol might benefit from a treatment combination that includes taking a low-dose statin. Scientists at Johns Hopkins reviewed published research to compare the benefits and harms of a lower-intensity statin when combined with one of several other cholesterol-lowering treatments in adults at high risk for heart disease. Study author Dr. Kimberly Gudzune said combining a low-dose statin with either a so-called bile acid sequestrant or Zetia (ezetimibe) – both of which are medications that also work to lower cholesterol levels – lowered "bad" (LDL) cholesterol. Taking a high-dose statin by itself also lowered LDL levels. "At least in the short term, this strategy seems to be as effective as the high-dose statin alone, although there were ... Read more

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Statin Therapy May Prevent Delirium in Critically Ill Patients

Posted 17 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 – Statins may help prevent delirium in critically ill patients who were taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs before they were admitted to hospital, a new study suggests. This beneficial effect may be due to the anti-inflammatory effects of statins, said lead author Valerie Page, of the Watford General Hospital in Watford, England, and colleagues. The researchers looked at 470 intensive care patients. Of those, only the 151 who had previously been taking statins were given statins while in the hospital. Patients who received statins the previous evening had a much lower risk of delirium the next day, as well as reduced levels of a marker for inflammation, the investigators found. Delirium is described as a state of sudden, severe confusion. The study was published Jan. 17 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. "Our findings suggest that ... Read more

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Statins Not Linked to Memory Loss, Dementia, Review Suggests

Posted 18 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 18 – 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. Some of the studies they reviewed showed that people taking statins actually reduce their risk for dementia by 13 percent, their risk for Alzheimer's disease by 21 percent and their risk for ... Read more

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Some Doctors Challenge New Statin Guidelines

Posted 18 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 – A new online cholesterol risk calculator produced by two leading U.S. heart organizations is flawed and overstates a person's risk of heart disease, a pair of Harvard Medical School professors say. The professors contend that this flaw could lead the calculator to mistakenly suggest that millions of people should be taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, The New York Times reported Monday. Key officials with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) stood by the calculator during a hastily gathered news conference Monday morning at the heart association's annual meeting in Dallas. Harvard professors Dr. Paul Ridker and Dr. Nancy Cook reportedly pointed out problems with the calculator a year ago, saying that it did not seem to work accurately when they tested it using patient data, the Times reported. When the online ... Read more

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New Guidelines for Heart Health: Reduce Obesity and Maintain Safe Cholesterol Levels

Posted 12 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 12 – Reducing obesity cuts heart-health risks, and new guidelines from experts may help doctors and their plus-sized patients devise an effective – and perhaps lifesaving – weight-loss plan. What works best are lifestyle changes, not crash diets, according to the guidelines, which were released Tuesday by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the Obesity Society. "Our recommendation is that doctors prescribe a diet to achieve reduced caloric intake as part of a comprehensive lifestyle intervention," guideline co-author Dr. Donna Ryan, a professor emeritus at Louisiana State University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, said during a press conference. The diet should be tailored to patient preferences and any drugs they take, she said. Diet, physical activity and face-to-face behavioral counseling combined can lead to ... Read more

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Statin Use Linked to Lower Prostate Cancer Death Risk

Posted 5 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 5 – Prostate cancer patients who take the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins appear to face a lower risk of death from their disease, new Canadian research suggests. The decreased risk was strongest for those who were taking the statins before their cancer diagnosis, investigators found. In addition, the study also showed, statin use was associated with a lower risk for any cause of death. Despite the evidence, however, the study team called for more research to confirm the findings. "The results of our study suggest that the use of statins is associated with a decreased risk of prostate cancer mortality," said study co-author Laurent Azoulay, from Jewish General Hospital and McGill University in Montreal. "(But) overall, while our results are very promising, we believe that additional rigorous studies are needed before prescribing these agents to men with ... Read more

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Statins May Not Harm Memory, Thinking After All

Posted 1 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 1 – Here's some good, if preliminary, news for the millions of people who take statin drugs to lower their cholesterol: A new review of existing research finds no evidence that the medications pose a risk to brainpower. Instead, the review suggests that statins may actually lower the risk of dementia, although the researchers say that's not certain. The findings, which contradict a warning label required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), aren't conclusive. And a physician who specializes in blood vessel disorders said it remains wise for doctors to take patients off the drugs or switch them if there are signs of cognitive (or "thinking") problems. Still, the new findings are "very reassuring," said study co-author Dr. Seth Martin, a cardiovascular prevention fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital. At issue are the statin drugs – including well-known medications ... Read more

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Statins Linked to Raised Risk of Cataracts in Study

Posted 19 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 19 – The statin medications that millions of adults take to lower their cholesterol levels may also raise their risk of developing cataracts, a new study suggests. This is the latest of several studies looking for a link between statins such as Lipitor and Zocor and cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye. The results to date have been conflicting and inconclusive, the researchers note. "Cataracts are a main cause of poor vision and blindness, specifically for the elderly," said lead investigator Dr. Ishak Mansi, of the VA North Texas Health System in Dallas. "This study cannot identify that statins cause cataracts; rather, it identifies statin use as associated with a higher risk of being diagnosed with cataract," he added. The report, published Sept. 19 in the online edition of JAMA Ophthalmology, involved almost 14,000 men and women, 6,972 pairs of statin users ... Read more

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Should Everyone Over 65 Take a Statin?

Posted 28 Aug 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28 – Men and women over 65 who are at risk for cardiovascular disease but don't have any known heart problems might benefit from cholesterol-lowering drugs, a new study suggests. The researchers said statins such as Crestor and Lipitor can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, although they don't seem to prevent death from cardiovascular disease or other causes over the short term. "This is the first time the benefit of these drugs has been demonstrated in this population of patients," said senior study author Dr. Pasquale Perrone-Filardi, from the department of advanced biomedical sciences at Federico II University in Naples, Italy. These findings fill a gap in current guidelines, Perrone-Filardi said. To date, there has been no firm evidence that statins benefit patients who haven't had a heart attack or stroke, he said. There also has been no evidence showing ... Read more

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Statin Use May Reduce Parkinson's Risk, Study Says

Posted 24 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 24 – Millions of Americans take statins to lower their stroke and heart attack risks, but new research from Taiwan suggests the drug may offer another health benefit: cutting the odds of developing Parkinson's disease. Analyzing nearly 44,000 patients, scientists found that those who discontinued taking fat-soluble statins such as simvastatin (Zocor) or atorvastatin (Lipitor) were about 58 percent more likely to develop Parkinson's than those who kept taking the drugs. Fat-soluble statins are believed to cross the blood-brain barrier, unlike water-soluble statins such as rosuvastatin (Crestor) and pravastatin (Pravachol). The drugs may decrease inflammation and even modify dopamine pathways in the brain, which are linked to Parkinson's, the study authors suggested. "We are more glad than surprised to demonstrate the relationship," said study author Dr. Jou-Wei Lin, a ... Read more

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Most Statin Users Won't Have Major Side Effects

Posted 9 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 9 – Statins – the widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs – have few serious side effects, although they do slightly raise the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a large new evidence review. In the analysis of 135 previous studies, which included nearly 250,000 people combined, researchers found that the drugs simvastatin (Zocor) and pravastatin (Pravachol) had the fewest side effects in this class of medications. They also found that lower doses produced fewer side effects in general. "As with any drugs, statins have both benefits and harms," said study lead author Huseyin Naci, a doctoral candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. "We show that harmful side effects of statins are not common, and they are greatly outweighed by their benefits," said Naci, also a research fellow in the department of population medicine at Harvard Medical School ... Read more

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Stronger Statins Don't Up Kidney Injury Risk, Study Finds

Posted 19 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 19 – A higher dose of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs did not increase the risk of kidney injury in heart attack survivors, according to preliminary study findings. Statins have been shown to reduce the risk of a first heart attack or repeat ones, but some recent studies have suggested that higher doses of the drugs may be linked to a higher incidence of kidney injury. To investigate the issue, researchers analyzed data from two large clinical trials in which thousands of heart attack survivors received either high- or low-dose statins. The investigators found that higher doses did not increase the risk of hospitalization for treatment of kidney injury. The study also found that concentrations of a blood protein called creatinine – an indicator of kidney function – were comparable between the high- and low-dose statin groups during follow-up. The findings were ... Read more

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