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As Death Toll Rises, Consumer Group Calls For Ban on Crestor

The Public Citizen's Health Research Group, based in Washington, D.C., petitioned the FDA to ban the cholesterol drug Crestor, saying almost 50 people worldwide have experienced serious adverse effects and two people in the U.S. have died. Crestor is the newest member of statins, drugs that some physicians have called "vitamins for the heart" because of their effectiveness in controlling the bad form of cholesterol in the blood.

The side effects of this drug are terrible: Muscle deterioration, a condition known as rhabdomyolysis, as well as kidney failure. The drug's potential for rhabdomyolysis is probably higher than the highest of any other currently marketed statin.

Primary kidney failure occurs when the medication directly damages the organs. Secondary damage occurs when proteins released during muscle breakdown infiltrate the kidneys. Symptoms of rhabdomyolysis include muscle pain, weakness, tenderness, fever, dark urine, nausea and vomiting.

This comes as no surprise to me, because taking any statin poses a serious risk to your body. If you truly want to prevent heart disease, check out my article Protect Yourself From Heart Disease With Simple Lifestyle Changes. For a quick tip, one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce your risk of heart disease is by increasing the omega-3 in your diet.

Newsday June 25, 2004

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