The Dangerous Truth About Crestor, the "Super-Strong" Statin Drug

Dr. Jay Cohen has written an excellent article about the ultra-potent statin drug Crestor. As he says, the intensive marketing of this super-strong drug--it's the strongest statin yet--raises many questions and concerns. Although Crestor has been on the market only a year, it has already been linked to numerous cases of severe muscle breakdown, kidney toxicity, and deaths, and as I wrote in a past blog entry, Public Citizen recently petitioned the FDA to ban Crestor. Dr. Cohen covers the following important topics in the article and I encourage you to read it in full using the link below:

  • What is Crestor and What is the Problem?
  • The Marketing of Super-Strong Crestor
  • Excessive Doses = More Side Effects
  • Do We Need a Stronger Statin?
  • Lower, Safer Doses of Crestor Work--But Your Doctor Doesn't Know About Them
  • Is Crestor Risky for Asians?
  • Who Needs Crestor? Crestor vs. Lipitor, Zocor, Pravachol, Mevacor, and Lescol
  • What You Should Do

One caveat that I would like to make--Dr. Cohen suggests you tell your doctor you want a lower-dose statin. This is certainly preferable to a high-dose statin, but still is not a safe solution to lower high cholesterol. Well over 99 percent of people can normalize their cholesterol levels by restricting grains and sugars. There are only a handful of people with genetic issues who require statin drugs, and their cholesterol levels are typically 350 or higher. For more on this issue you can read The Truth About Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs.

Medication Sense July-September 2004

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