Atorvastatin benefits

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Hi...Is Atorvastatin helps to lower High Blood Pressure? I started taking this 3 weeks ago after my doctor prescribed me this because of high level of cholesterol (290). My normal blood pressure before taking this medicine was 130-140/90...but when I started taking Atorvastatin may BP went down to 115-120/80. I dont know if it is bacause of this medicine or because I also started a change of lifestyle like regular exercise, fruits and vegetable diet, avoiding fatty foods and carbs.
Hi Michael, It sounds like that is a pretty small artery -- and if it is that small they probably don't need to open it. There is good data for Atorvastatin (Lipator) 80 mg causing plaque regression compared to simvastatin (Zocor). The regression data is by intravascular ultrasound quantitating the plaque volume. Lipator has not been compared directly to Crestor for plaque regression.
on the day of below knee amputation of left leg, he got a minor heart attack(as per the doctors). Suggested with Bisoprolal 2.5 mg (1-0-0), Cardace 1.25 mg (1-0-0), Atorvastatin 10 mg(0-0-1), Clopivas-A 75(1-0-1). later regarding the Lowering the BP (as he fallen down while shifting from wheel chair to sofa & even the shaking of hands is civiour), suggested to Concor (Bisoprolal) 1.25 MG (1-0-0), Tonact 10 mg (1-0-0), Clopivas A 75 mg (0-1-0).
I saw a recent article which stated that the claims of cancer benefits and non-cardiac benefits are not substantiated. I should point out, however, that it was a British article. Again, tongue in cheek.
now his physcian has advised him to continue the same anti-diabetic drugs. but he has prescribed him Ramitorva capsules (ramipril 5mg, atorvastatin 10mg, aspirin 75mg) Once daily. Is atorva needed in this case. do reply soon... thanking you. This discussion is related to <a href='/posts/show/1055108'>Drug interactions</a>.
Everything supposedly taken care of by this study. The point of this study is to prove the benefits of early diagnosis thorugh PET imaging. They called me again last week. I'm still considering doing this.
The drugs prescribed are Metropropolol succinate (Toprol) ER 25 mg. once per day, Atorvastatin 80 mg. once per day, and Diovan (Valsartan) 80 mg. once per day. Also 325 mg. aspirin. Patient suffered coronary arrest during the end of a stress test. 1 year ago. Patient had drove himself to Emergency due to chest and throat pain. Patient had to be given paddle electroshocks to restart heart. Patient underwent CABG, (triple) due to 90%, 70% and 60% blockage.
atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin and simvastatin. When the statins were tested alone, all except pravastatin inhibited HCV replication. Fluvastatin had the strongest effect. Atorvastatin and simvastatin had moderate effects while lovastatin had a weak effect. ...
I understand that statin type drugs provide benefits for patients with heart disease. What are the synergistic benefits I can obtain from Lipitor while taking Coreg that directly impact my heart valve? Does Lipitor extend the life of the valve? If so, how does the drug do this? Are there any side effects to my taking Lipitor in such small doses? Thank you very much for your time.
But this important information is often shrouded from public view, which intentionally perpetuates the myth that the benefits of FDA-approved drugs far outweigh any risks.
Statin drugs cause terrible side effects for some users, including mental confusion, memory loss and a general loss of mental focus. The cardiovascular benefits of statins are well established,but the effects of these agents on the human brain are not as well established. The more lipid-soluble the statin, the greater propensity it has to cross the blood-brain barrier and affect the central nervous system.
Lipitor (atorvastatin), Lescol (fluvastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin), Altoprev (lovastatin extended-release), Livalo (pitavastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin), Crestor (rosuvastatin), and Zocor (simvastatin). Combination products include: Advicor (lovastatin/niacin extended-release), Simcor (simvastatin/niacin extended-release), and Vytorin (simvastatin/ezetimibe).
Many patients respond well to this diet and end up sufficiently reducing blood cholesterol levels. Study data reinforce these benefits. For example, a 1998 Columbia University study examined 103 male and female patients of diverse ages and ethnic backgrounds and found that reducing dietary saturated fat directly affected blood cholesterol. For every 1 percent drop in saturated fat, the study showed a 1 percent lowering of LDL in patients.
Obviously if muscle swelling occurs then they should be stopped until blood tests are completed but from the data, muscle issues are actually rare. In the vast majority of patients the benefits far outweigh the risks. I think we have to be careful to filter through scaremongery with drugs, and there is a lot of it on the internet for statins. If a person is lucky enough to be able to keep their cholesterol profile low through diet alone then maybe statins can be stopped.
a randomized trial comparing the effects of atorvastatin and pravastatin on carotid intima medial thickness. 2 This was a single center, randomized clinical trial of 161 patients with mean age of 60 years and 46% with known cardiovascular disease. The effects of atorvastatin 80 mg/d and pravastatin 40 mg/d on CIMT were compared. Baseline CIMT and other characteristics were similar in both groups.
They are finding new benefits from statins just about everyday it seems. Again, google and read for yourself, interesting information.
It tries not to alarm anyone, puts a bizarre spin on the risks and benefits of statins, and suggests that you “be sure to talk to your doctor,” (the same person who has been poisoning you). The question is, how can the “benefit” of a drug that causes a disease known to drastically increase the risk of heart disease be good for long-term heart disease prevention?" Excerpt from WebMD "New Warnings on Cholesterol-Lowering Statins": Feb.
There are also contraindications if a patient is taking other medications, like Lipitor or Atorvastatin and fluconazole and potentiating effects. So the risks/benefits of a systemic medication need to be looked at compared to a topical medication.
Aspirin/Plavix/Atorvastatin/Ezetimibe Cardiologist : So no beta blockers? Me : No, I hate those things Cardiologist : That's great, you can stay off them. I will do the letter to your GP, re-study your case. I want to see you again in 6 months, but if I see anything obvious then I will certainly be getting you back in. So as you can see, yet again there is a lot of confusion over what can be causing my Angina.
I am beginning to wonder if the risk is greater than the believed benefits from the medication, and if I can improve with a better heart healthy has never been tried nor did the doctor suggest?! I had always thought under 200 was properly effective, but there has been a push for further reduction below 200 as more favorable....I don't know if that originates from the drug companies or the medical community, but I am beginning to look skeptically at the matter...risk v. benefit.
It is reasonable to try a statin like atorvastatin or simvastatin to improve cholesterol and potentially improve endothelial cell funtion. Some physicians treat the anginal episodes with sublingual nitroglycerin and I think this is reasonable if it helps. Vasospastic angina can be episodic and may dissappear as fast as it came. In the mean time, continue to take the medications and diet/exercise to improve fitness. Good luck!
The anxiety while taking it would, in my opinion, far outweigh any benefits. I asked my rheumo to let me try opioids. I DO understand that these types of drugs are controversial in the treatment of arthritic pain, and are never the first line treatment choice, but I think I've given the other stuff a fair trial. I've also done a fair amount of research on what some of the top doctors in this field have said about using opioids...........
Hyperlipidemic patients with normal or mildly elevated baseline aminotransferase levels are not at higher risk for hepatotoxicity when using atorvastatin, simvastatin, or pravastatin.
I would take the statin. The docs will do bloodwork to make sure you are ok. The benefits outweight the risks. I've been on Lipitor since 18 or so, and switched to Crestor at 28--been on Crestor & Zetia for 2 years and have not had any ill side effects. Crestor does a great job at lowering overall and LDL, IMO.
Dear skye, Alcoholic cardiomyopathy can occur with only moderate consumption of alcohol on a regular basis over a prolonged period of time. Most studies that show caridac benefits to alcohol show the most benefit with about 1 drink a day. I would tend to agree with your doctor that you should consider a trial period off alcohol and see how your heart does. It is possible that you may have a viral cardiomyopathy but it is difficult to prove.
There are Doctors giving concerns over Statins all over the internet, too many to ignore and thank goodness huge independant studies are taking place to put this all to rest once and for all. If the experts are fighting over the benefits and risks of statins, it makes me wonder who is right and I know a few people on statins who are getting quite nervous.
She also suggested diluting the juice with water. Its suppose to be the bitter part which has the benefits. The article also said it would cause the drugs to absorb quickly into your blood. Not good for people on heart meds. My friend at the health food store has two friends with Hep C. One who has done nothing so far and one who just came off tx and did not respond. So, both of them should be able to drink it no problem or take supplements.
QUOTE:: "So the answer is “YES” a 100% blocked LAD can be opened". A: The point is whether or not it advisable to open a totally blocked artery, not having the ability to do so... Opening arteries that are 100 percent blocked in the first 12 hours after a heart attack with angioplasty can quickly restore vital blood flow to the heart, and is considered optimal treatment for almost all patients.
Even if JUPITER was flawed, there are many other studies that outline the benefits of statin therapies. I hear this so often but no one can ever show anything to back up the position that these trials were compromised, just conjecture. One thing we do agree on is that people need to take responsibility for their own health, eat healthy and exercise. That would go far towards resolving this whole issue.