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Cholesterol Medication Side Effects

Monday, December 14th, 2009No Commented
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Cholesterol Side Effects

Cholesterol Side Effects

Any prescription medication usually has side effects. Most of these side effects are unpleasant. The reason most people deal with side prescription effects is because they would rather put up with them than the condition the medication is supposed to treat. What arises from this is a need to have new medications prescribed to deal with the side effects and so begins the vicious cycle of drug use. This is why natural supplements for the management of cholesterol levels are always recommended since they contain zero to no side effects.

Many of the well-known drugs used to treat high cholesterol fall under the drug category known as statins. These include popular brands such as Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, and Pravachol. Common side effects are nausea or muscle soreness due to kidney malfunction. It is important to know and understand the risks of taking prescription medication sand how they interact with other drugs.

There is a condition known as Rhabdomyolysis where muscle protein and myoglobin are released into the blood stream. The break down of proteins and other materials create toxins that enter the kidneys. This is dangerous because it can completely shut down the kidneys in the extreme cases. Not all patients diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis experience muscle pain and weakness but it is a common symptom along with nausea and vomiting, fever, dark urine and abnormal fatigue.

In some of the worse cases prescription drugs for cholesterol can cause myopathy, which is an acquired muscle disease where the patient suffers from muscle pain, tenderness or muscle weakness. In this condition, there is a breakdown of the muscles, which releases muscle protein into the blood. As the kidneys process those muscle proteins, they begin to breakdown as well. That condition is known as renal failure which is a high price to pay for treating high cholesterol.

There are a number of natural alternatives that have been very successful in the treatment of high cholesterol. Natural supplements along with a balanced diet and exercise create a powerful combination for overall health.


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