Zocor warning: if you take the popular statin to lower your cholesterol, the 80 mg dose may be dangerous. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is announcing safety label changes for the cholesterol-lowering medication simvastatin because the highest approved dose — 80 milligram (mg) — has been associated with an elevated risk of muscle injury or myopathy, particularly during the first 12 months of use.” According to the Los Angeles Times story, “Like other statin drugs, Zocor (generic name simvastatin) can cause muscle weakness and pain, which is annoying but not especially dangerous. But high doses of any statin can be toxic to muscles. In extreme cases, the muscles break down and release dangerous proteins that can damage the kidneys. This complication, known as rhabdomyolysis, can be fatal.” According to a 2008 Center for Disease Control study, almost 45 percent of people over 60 taking prescription drugs were taking cholesterol-lowering prescription medicine.
This is not the first time a cholesterol lowering drug has been in the news recently. A study came out that linked the cholesterol drug Lipitor to diabetes. The comparison of data from three large randomized studies highlights the influence of high-dose Lipitor on the incidence of new-onset type 2 diabetes. The cause of the new-onset type 2 diabetes could be attributed to lowered insulin sensitivity in the liver due to atorvastatin.
In other drug medical news France and Germany have halted the use of popular drug Actos linking the drug to bladder cancer. “From 2004 to 2009, the US Food and Drug Administration received over 500,000 new reports of drug side effects experienced by diabetic patients. Instances of bladder cancer featured in 138 of these reports and, of these, approximately 20 per cent involved patients taking the hypoglycaemic drug Actos – the brand name for pioglitazone.” Actos was making headlines not too long ago for causing congestive heart failure.
The moral of the story? These drugs may seem like a blessing, but they have serious side effects. If you have diabetes read this top 10 list of foods to fight diabetes. For heart healthy eating tips click here.