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I don't believe that doctors are accurately reporting the frequency of side-effects. They are most likely reporting only those side-effects which THEY feel are serious enough to report, such as liver and muscle abnormalities which can be measured by blood tests. They are probably dismissing most of the other complaints from patients, and these go largely unreported. For example, statin-related muscle damage can occur in patients with NORMAL CK levels. But these patients probably aren't even included in their statistics. That 3-5% frequency rate sounds absurd. The true figure is probably much closer to 20%, at least.

Modern medicine spits out a lot of window dressing. What they portray is mostly all smoke and mirrors, rather than actual reality.
[QUOTE=ARIZONA73]I don't believe that doctors are accurately reporting the frequency of side-effects. They are most likely reporting only those side-effects which THEY feel are serious enough to report, such as liver and muscle abnormalities which can be measured by blood tests. They are probably dismissing most of the other complaints from patients, and these go largely unreported. For example, statin-related muscle damage can occur in patients with NORMAL CK levels. But these patients probably aren't even included in their statistics. That 3-5% frequency rate sounds absurd. The true figure is probably much closer to 20%, at least.[/QUOTE]

Well they couldn't have been reporting the Baycol problems, and look how long it took for that report to go public. People had to die before they recalled that junk, and as I understand it, more died then was actually reported. Like U said, unless it is really serious in THEIR minds, it gets tossed aside as just a lil complaint, or they pass the muscle problems off as arthritis. As I have said before, if it was arthritis, then it WOULDN'T disappear when U stopped taking the drug. Too often drs. let it go so long, it turns into PN and other ailments that sometimes never go away.

BTW, are U guys sweating up a storm down there like we are?
[QUOTE=JJ]Those report numbers are really ridiculous. Would love to know where they get only 5% report problems, we must have more then that just on this site, not to mention other sites I have seen people complaining. Maybe the so called 5% is what the DRS. report.

Out of at least 15 people I know of personally who took these statins, at least 9 have tossed them due to side effects, and 2 have permanent PN from them. Someone better wake up and smell the coffee..... :rolleyes:[/QUOTE]

The recent independent study indicated a mucho larger percentage. Good friend's Dr told him it was just old age, until the problems went away after stopping Lipitor. Another friend had knee surgery and was having a tough time during rehab, with the other leg, until he stopped taking Lipitor. Primary Dr actually had the gall to say it was because of the surgery. He's looking for a new Dr. There were a substantial number of people excluded from the Heart Prevention Study. Something like 1/3 - 1/2 the final total. Several reasons led to their exclusion, including side effects. Unfortunately, they never published the details, only offered they were excluded because participants were unable or unwilling to continue taking the drug.

Something I have found interesting in all the studies and publications I've seen on cholesterol, was an old study suggesting that high cholesterol earlier in life had a negative affect on life expectancy, but later in life increased life expectancy. Even all the Statin studies have shown very little impact on overall life expectancy. Just as many people die on Statins as Placebo. But, even tho I believe statins are dangerous (so much so, I created a dangerous statin informational web page), there are some people who can be helped by statins.





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