Now What, or better yet, What's Next?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-03-21 13:20:48 -0500
Started 2012-03-20 13:33:44 -0500

FDA making changes to safety labels of statins such as Lipitor, Crestor!

U.S. health regulators will add warnings to the labels of widely used cholesterol lowering drugs, such as Lipitor, to indicate that they may raise levels of blood sugar and could cause memory loss.

..The Food and Drug administration announced the changes to the safety information on the labels of statins such as Pfizer Inc's Lipitor, AstraZeneca's Crestor and Merck & Co's Zocor.

Statins have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of heart attack and heart disease, and the FDA said the new information should not scare people into stopping taking the drugs.

"The value of statins in preventing heart disease has been clearly established," Amy Egan, deputy director for safety in FDA's Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products, said in a statement. "Their benefit is indisputable, but they need to be taken with care and knowledge of their side effects."


13 replies

Young1s 2012-03-21 11:27:16 -0500 Report

Thanks for the article Mays. My doctor told me just last December that she wants me to start on Statins for my cholesterol but I've heard nothing but bad things about them and am unwilling to try it. I just had another set of labs done this past Tuesday so will learn if my attempts to lower my LDL's with diet and exercise is working or not. But even if it's not showing any improvement YET, I will never agree to going on this drug. Thankfully, given my past drinking history, my liver and kidneys are fine (Thank God) but who knows if they'd be strong enough to handle the processing of Statins in my system.

Caroltoo 2012-03-20 17:35:20 -0500 Report

Interesting information on statins. I've tried them and found they aren't for me … caused pain and weakness. I'm doing fine now without them!

jayabee52 2012-03-20 18:22:24 -0500 Report

I am considering not refilling my scrip for simvitstatin when it comes up again (which will be soon) I'd rather not take meds I don't really need, and I haven't needed my cholesterol lowered for almost my whole adult life. When I asked the PCP who put me on it, he said it was "prophylactic". I am working to lower my reliance on medications of all kinds from Big Pharma.

Caroltoo 2012-03-21 02:20:42 -0500 Report

Sounds like a good plan. My refusal makes my doctor nervous, she always documents her attemts to convince me, but I just can't see the point as I'm only a couple points over and the scale has changed so many times in my lifetime.

MAYS 2012-03-20 14:20:52 -0500 Report

Please disregard the 3rd and 4th paragraphs in this discussion, how they copied with the other information I do not know!

(I thought that I was good at copy and pasting as well as proof reading!)

This discussion was supposed to be about the FDA warnings that are now required on Statin drugs due to the increased medical complaints of memory loss and glucose elevation in people who take medications to control their cholesterol levels.


jayabee52 2012-03-20 15:45:22 -0500 Report

Please contact the administration through the "Feedbck" Link at the bottom of this page and ask the managers to edit out paragraphs 2 & 3.

MAYS 2012-03-21 09:25:38 -0500 Report

James, thanks fo the info.
I actually contacted John immediately after I noticed the error.
Hopefully they will edit it for me, as always I appreciate your helpful input.
What would we do without you?
I couldn't even imagine this site without you and a few others!
(That's not to slight the importance of others, it's my way of paying tribute)

jayabee52 2012-03-21 11:36:12 -0500 Report

I know it's not to slight others. That is not the mays I have come to know and love.

I cannot imagine the site without you either. I am glad I said something when you were considering leaving us because you felt unappreciated and misunderstood. I felt good about you staying with us. You are valuable as any of us here! (My tribute to you!)

MAYS 2012-03-21 12:45:11 -0500 Report

Together we can all help make dealing with diabetes a little easier.
Thanks for being the friend, the rock, and the inspiration that keeps this family together!
I would also like to thank John Crowley, and the IT staff here for editing out the mistakes that I have made (it looks much better without my errors!) they are on top of things as always and I really, truly appreciate it!


jayabee52 2012-03-21 12:52:01 -0500 Report

yes I was pleasantly surprised the original discussion had changed for the better!

I don't see myself as "the inspiration which keeps the family together" because if I died tonight, this place would go on well without me because of the wonderful folks which inhabit this place. And this place has greatly blessed me too! Just paying it forward!

MAYS 2012-03-21 13:17:46 -0500 Report

Paying it forward is always the best way.

My reasoning behind you being an inspiration is this, whenever there is a problem you step forward to find a solution, you are a true diplomat and statesman here.
Before an ember can get out of hand you are there with a bucket of water, and we all appreciate it, you are always straight forward and to the point , quick to let us know that what you say is, in your words, "IMHO" and I respect that dearly.

It's true that this site may go on without you, but"IMHO" it just wouldn't be the same.(Just paying it forward, with great respect and admiration!)