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Crestor May Save Lives according to recent large study

Posted Nov 10 2008 4:16pm

Will there be more Crestor for all?  I am guessing the side effects of rising blood sugar levels still may need to be addressed, even with the image report to determine which issue is more profound.  With the cost of the product versus the generic version, this might also add some impact as to availability and who will cover the larger price tag.  One other item to note about statins are the muscular pains they create.  Some patients and even some doctors have recommended a vitamin supplement called COQ10 to help relieve such symptoms. 

With reducing a risk of a heart attack over 50% though, it’ something that certainly speaks out with every group in the study benefiting, smokers, thin people, heavy people, etc.  BD 

People with low cholesterol and no big risk for heart disease had dramatically lower rates of heart attacks, death and stroke if they took the cholesterol pill Crestor, a large study found. The results, reported Sunday at an American Heart Association conference, were hailed as a watershed event in heart disease prevention. Doctors said the study might lead as many as 7 million more Americans to consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, sold as Crestor, Lipitor, Zocor or in generic form.

One concern: More people in the Crestor group saw blood-sugar levels rise or were newly diagnosed with diabetes.

Crestor also has the highest rate among statins of a rare but serious muscle problem, so there are probably safer and cheaper ways to get the same benefits, said Dr. Sidney Wolfe of the consumer group Public Citizen.  Crestor costs $3.45 a day versus less than a dollar for generic drugs.

New England Journal:http://www.nejm.org

Heart conference:http://www.americanheart.org

Government:http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Cad/CAD—WhatIs.html

Related Reading:

Statin Side Effect Test: Worth the Price?

ABC News: Study: Wider Cholesterol Drug Use May Save Lives

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