Lipitor

Writer’s reluctance to take Lipitor led to effective diet

In an interview with the Huffington Post, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman discusses his new diet plan that consists of eating vegan, or eating no animal products, before 6 p.m. every day. Bittman has recently published a book on his diet called VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health … for Good.

In the book, Bittman writes that at the age of 57, he was ...

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Liptruzet cholesterol medication’s approval is controversial

In a piece for Forbes, writer John LaMattina takes issue with Merck’s attempts to get the LDL cholesterol lowering drug, Liptruzet, approved and on the market. He also finds fault with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approving it in the first place.

LaMattina writes that Liptruzet is really a combination of two drugs that are already on the market – Merck’s own Zetia and Pzizer’s Lipitor.

Despite the U.S. Food and ...

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Long-term health questions for Lipitor

A story in Men’s Journal explores the question of how people who use statins such as Lipitor should react to a recent study indicating that the cholesterol-lowering drugs may counteract the benefits of exercise.

The study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology looked at a group of overweight, sedentary adults at risk of high cholesterol or high blood pressure. After a 12-week exercise program, a group of participants using ...

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Statins may cancel out exercise benefits

A new study suggests that cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, such as Pfizer’s Lipitor, may negate some of the fitness benefits of exercise.

A story in the New York Times says the study’s findings may present a tricky quandary where preventive health care is concerned. While statins are routinely prescribed for those with high cholesterol and other risk factors for heart disease, exercise is also generally recommended for warding off heart disease and ...

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Researchers find possible explanation for memory loss linked with drugs

Researchers at the University of Arizona have announced a discovery that may eventually help explain the memory loss associated with Lipitor and other drugs in the popular class of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins.

A news release from the university notes that physicians and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continue to document reports of patients experiencing fuzzy thinking and memory loss while taking statins.

The FDA has gone so far as to add ...

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Statin risks may outweigh benefits for older patients

A clinical study has Australian researchers questioning whether the risks of anti-cholesterol drugs called statins may outweigh the benefits for older patients, according to a report in The Conversation.

According to the report, common side effects from statins such as Lipitor include abdominal pain, nausea, muscle pain and/or weakness, and liver damage.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has added warnings to the labels of Lipitor and other types ...

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