Statin Dangers: No Longer Anecdotal

NY Times: F.D.A. Warns of Cholesterol Drugs’ Side Effects

Reports about memory loss, forgetfulness and confusion span all statin drugs and all age groups of patients, the F.D.A. said. Dr. Egan said the reports were rare, but those affected often feel “fuzzy” or unfocused in their thinking.


The symptoms generally were not serious and went away within a few weeks after patients stopped taking the medications. Some people affected had been taking a statin for a day, others for years.


Before anyone is prescribed a statin, they should have a brain imaging study to provide a reference point of cognitive functioning.

If any side-effects develop, another brain imaging study would show it when compared to the pre-statin one.

And as far as I’m concerned, the side-effect is permanent. I can’t prove it — because I don’t have the set of images I suggest — but my short-term memory is not as good as it was before I encountered a statin.


Here: Statin Drugs Category
At Mike Cane 2008: Statin Drugs Category



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3 responses to “Statin Dangers: No Longer Anecdotal

  1. I’m on simvastatin at my doctor’s request. *sigh* I am talking to a neuro-psychologist on March 8 to see what he says about my neuro test, but that test did not involve a brain scan. I’m sorry it screwed up your short term memory. how long ago did you take statins and how old are you now? that may have something to do with your memory problems as well.

    • mikecane

      See the 2008 posts. I’ve been off Simvastatin for four years. Still have the short-term memory effect to this day — after being on it for maybe just six months. Told docs I’ll risk a heart attack over dementia any damn day. I’ve seen a statin totally destroy someone;s mind. Mine would have gone the same way — and was.

  2. The whole cholesterol could be a con too. Snippet below was part of an article on the big “healthy” diet scam. Worth reading the whole article the link points to.
    While Ancel Keys, the scientist whose research in the Fifties first raised concerns about cholesterol levels, suggested that heart disease was linked to large amounts of cholesterol in the blood, he never claimed those levels were linked to the amount of cholesterol we eat.

    ‘There’s no connection whatsoever between cholesterol in food and cholesterol in blood,’ he said in a magazine article in 1997. ‘And we’ve known that all along.’

    Read more:–felt-better.html#ixzz1noIc6Eg4

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