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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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I do not feel comfortable taking any statin. What do others think ?

My Dr has me on satins so far all of them cause muscle pain so more intense others less ? The Dr told me if the muscle pain is bareable to keep taking the current statin Lescol. I don t feel comfortable taking any statin when it s states muscle pain is serious problem. What do others think ?
Thu, 17 Dec 2009
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I can't buy into any therapy that has the amount of known side effects that statins do. Most doctors that I deal with go right to statin therapy and bypass what the guidelines are for cholesterol reduction. The national standard is dietary modification including adding a good quality fiber and plant sterols. I've rarely seen them take patients through that first. There are very effective ways to change the diet (not always the tastiest stuff in the world) and a few good fiber sources around that I'm aware of. I would aggressively do (not try...says Yoda) those and show the doc the results so you can get off the drug. Personally, I'd stop taking it right away but that's just me. Hope this helps. Jeff the nurse in Nashville (Cardiac ICU)
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