Have you Experienced Lovastatin side Effects?

November 12, 2012

Have you Experienced Lovastatin side Effects?

If you have high cholesterol levels and need to lower the bad LDL (low-density liposome) levels, your doctor may have prescribed Lovastatin. Lovastatin and other statin medications such as Lipitor have come under question in the past few years due to side effects. As many prescription drugs have come into question, consumers are looking for alternative ways to meet their medical issues to try to bypass side effects if possible.

Lovastatin has been known to lower bad cholesterol levels by inhibiting the enzyme in the liver that makes cholesterol. However, Lovastatin Side effects can be extreme at times so care needs to be taken in prescribing this prescription drug to certain patients. Lovastatin Side Effects are known to include headache, nausea, and fever which are generally mild and may be controlled with dosage changes. On the other hand, serious Lovastatin Side Effects include severe muscle pain, muscle atrophy and liver dysfunction. Warnings have been placed on the label that include “Lovastatin occasionally causes myopathy (muscle disease) manifested as muscle pain, tenderness or weakness… myopathy sometimes takes the form of rhabdomyolysis (muscle breakdown) with or without acute renal failure.” “The drug should be used with caution in patients who consume substantial quantities of alcohol and/or have a past history of liver disease.” These warnings also include Baycol and Lipitor. In fact, Baycol was recently recalled by the FDA.

Furthermore, other Lovastatin side effects that have been reported beyond muscle and liver complications include: loss of memory, sleeplessness, irritability (mood swings), erectile dysfunction (ED) and changes in personality.

Its also important to note that prescription drugs that lower cholesterol tend to be limited in ability to improve overall cholesterol function and unfortunately effect other pathways in an adverse way. For example, lowering bad cholesterol is fine but what about raising good cholesterol. These drugs have little to no effect on HDL (high-density liposomes). They also have no effect on fatty acids. Fatty acids are important for overall heart, vasculature, brain and eye health. These bad cholesterol lowering drugs also lower the amount of CoEnzyme Q10 which is important for enzyme activation and over all energy production not just for the heart but every cell in your body.

With all these Lovastatin Side effects and side effects of other statins, it’s no wonder patients are looking for alternative methods for lowering their bad cholesterol levels. There are botanicals and nutriceuticals that can lower cholesterol naturally that have been demonstrated to work better than statins without the side effects. Your first stab at trying to lower cholesterol should be diet and exercise and if necessary try natural supplements before you ever go to a prescription drug.

If you want to be successful with lowering bad cholesterol there are six things you need to consider. Remember your liver produces cholesterol so if you can try to reduce that. Try reducing your intake of cholesterol in your diet and also reduce what you absorb in the gut. You’ll also want to reduce cholesterol oxidation, increase cholesterol excretion in bile and try to prevent plaque formation in your arteries. There are a number of supplements you can buy but the ingredients you want to look for include vitamin E, B3, inositol, selenium, chromium, sitosterol, policosanol, flavonoids, lecithin, phospholipids, rice brain oil, citrus oil, and triglycerides all in the proper proportions. Similar ingredients of vitamins, minerals and botanicals will lower LDL and maintain healthy metabolism elsewhere promoting healthy heart and vascular function and brain function.

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