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Re: Crestor Safe ?
May 25, 2005
I wonder how many doctors even bother to inform their patients of what to look out for while taking these drugs. I'll bet they don't tell them anything, including the importance of taking CoQ10. And when patients complain about muscle pain and weakness, they're often told that it isn't from the statin, especially if their creatine kinase (CK) level is not elevated. But that test won't always do the trick. Statin-related muscle damage can occur in patients with normal CK levels.

I also believe that the incidence of side-effects from statins are greatly underestimated. I don't know what percentage of people run into problems from these drugs, but I find it hard to believe that it is only 2 or 3%. The true figure is probably closer to 20%. But how many people who develop problems and discontinue taking these drugs actually become a statistic? I'd say that most of them just slip through the cracks and go unreported. I don't think many people are going to notify the FDA, nor do I think their doctors even bother to report it. Doctors are too busy to be bothered with all that.

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