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FDA Medwatch Alert: Red Yeast Rice by Doctor’s Best: Recall - Undeclared Lovastatin

Posted 24 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Doctor’s Best is voluntarily recalling lot 3121005 (7379 bottles) of Red Yeast Rice dietary supplement, 600 mg Capsules, 120-count bottles to the retail level. Doctor’s Best Red Yeast Rice has been found to contain undeclared lovastatin, a previously approved drug indicated for the treatment of high cholesterol, making this an unapproved new drug. Consumers who use supplements found to contain lovastatin in rare cases could result in serious muscle injury; particularly if taking with prescription “statins” such as lovastatin, simvastatin, or atorvastatin. Pregnant women could theoretically put their unborn child at risk by using this product with undeclared lovastatin. Patients with pre-existing liver disease may be at an increase risk for liver injury following chronic use of statins. BACKGROUND:  Doctor’s Best Red Yeast Rice was distributed nationwide through retail and internet ... Read more

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People With Heart Disease, Diabetes May Be More Likely to Stay on Statins

Posted 23 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 – People who have heart disease or diabetes, the overweight or obese and former smokers are most likely to keep taking cholesterol-lowering statins, a new study finds. Previous research has shown that as many 46 percent of patients who are prescribed statins stop taking them. Nearly one in 10 cardiovascular events are linked to failure to take prescribed drugs, according to background information in the study. Researchers looked at a group of people from Finland who began taking statins between 1998 and 2010. The people most likely to stop taking statins were women, single people and those aged 24 to 50. People without heart disease or diabetes were less likely to continue taking statins than those with the conditions. Among patients without heart disease or diabetes, those who were most likely to continue taking statins were overweight/obese or former smokers. ... Read more

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Men Who Take Statins May Exercise Less

Posted 9 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 9, 2014 – Older men taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins appear to be slightly less active than those who don't take them, a new study suggests. Statin users logged about 40 fewer minutes of moderate activity each week compared to nonusers, according to the study. These findings confirm those of previous studies that found an association between a drop in activity and the use of statin medications such as Lipitor, Pravachol, Crestor, Zocor, Lescol and Vytorin, according to background information in the study. However, the study's conclusions don't mean that people should abandon their cholesterol-lowering medications. "Statins are extremely helpful for people who need them," stressed study lead author David Lee, an assistant professor in the department of pharmacy practice at Oregon State University/Oregon Health and Science University's College of ... Read more

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Stopping Statins for Terminal Patients a Safe Option: Study

Posted 30 May 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 30, 2014 – A new study suggests that it's safe and helpful to stop treating dying patients with the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. Patients who were expected to live less than a year didn't die any sooner after they stopped taking the drugs, and researchers report that their overall quality of life improved. "Many doctors argue that, near the end of life, it is not necessary to continue medications for chronic illnesses that are not life-threatening. But we have no guidance on what medicines to stop and when to do so," study author Dr. Amy Abernethy, a medical oncologist and palliative care specialist at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., said in a Duke news release. "Our study provides the first evidence that stopping statins is safe and improves patient quality of life." It can be helpful to reduce medications in the final year of life because ... Read more

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Prescription Drug Use Continues to Climb in U.S.

Posted 14 May 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 – Prescription drugs are playing an increasingly larger role in U.S. life, with nearly half of all Americans taking one or more medications. Among adults, the most common prescription drugs are for cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. Those are two of several key findings in the federal government's annual comprehensive report on the nation's health that was released Wednesday. The relationship between Americans and their prescriptions is complex, according to the report produced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On the one hand, more people than ever are receiving effective treatment for chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and depression. But doctors and pharmacists also find themselves struggling with unintended consequences of drug use, such as prescription narcotics abuse and the ... Read more

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Statins Don't Prevent Kidney Disease Progression, Study Finds

Posted 2 May 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 1, 2014 – The cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins won't help people with kidney disease avoid dialysis, but the drugs do lower cholesterol in this group, researchers have found. "Statins had no effect – neither good nor bad – on kidney function," study author Dr. Richard Haynes, of the University of Oxford in England, said in an American Society of Nephrology news release. The study included over 6,000 patients with chronic kidney disease who didn't yet need dialysis, a process in which a machine does some of the kidney's blood-filtering tasks. About 60 million people worldwide have chronic kidney disease, according to background information in the news release. People in the study randomly received either the cholesterol-lowering medication Vytorin, which is a combination of simvastatin plus the drug ezetimibe, or an inactive placebo. The researchers ... Read more

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Statin Users Eating More Bad Food Than a Decade Ago, Study Shows

Posted 25 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 – Many Americans who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs seem to believe they can eat plenty of unhealthy foods without suffering any consequences, a new study suggests. Researchers found that people who took statins in 2009-2010 consumed more fat and calories than those who took the drugs 10 years earlier. There was no similar increase in fat and calorie intake among people who didn't take statins, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers said. Their analysis of U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data showed that statin users in 2009-2010 consumed 9.6 percent more calories and 14.4 percent more fat than statin users in 1999-2000. Statin users in 1999-2000 consumed fewer calories and fat than people who didn't take the cholesterol-lowering medications, but that is no longer the case, according to the study that was ... Read more

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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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Cholesterol Drug Might Help Slow MS Progression

Posted 18 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 18, 2014 – High doses of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin – sold under the brand name Zocor – appeared to slow brain shrinkage in patients with multiple sclerosis, according to a small, early study from England. In patients with the secondary progressive (chronic) stage of multiple sclerosis, brain shrinkage was reduced 43 percent for those taking Zocor compared to patients taking placebos, the researchers said. "This effect is provisional and requires a larger phase 3 study, but holds promise for all types of MS," said Dr. Jacqueline Palace, a consultant neurologist with Oxford University Hospitals and co-author of an accompanying journal editorial. "Because it is a repurposed drug and already has a good safety profile and is cheap, it could become available fairly quickly if further studies confirm the suggested effect," Palace said. The report was published ... 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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