Using Lovastatin to Lower Cholesterol Could Lead to Dangerous Side Effects
© 2005 - Frank Mangano
If you take lovastatin to lower cholesterol it may leave you with some undesirable side effects, even dangerous ones. The cholesterol lowering drug is one of several that are categorized as statin drugs. These drugs are effective in lowering cholesterol, but not without many side effects.
A clinical study of lovastatin, sold under the brand names Mevacor or Altocor, revealed that in some cases the drug can cause myopathy, an acquired muscle disease in which the patient experiences muscle pain, tenderness or weakness. With myopathy, there is a breakdown of the muscles which releases muscle protein into the blood stream. This is then processed by the kidneys, but not without causing the kidneys to breakdown as well. So, along with myopathy, there can be acute renal (kidney) failure. There is an even greater risk of myopathy when the blood has increased amounts of the enzyme reductase that is used to speed up the reduction process of chemical compounds.
Further implications of side effects are evident when lovastatin is taken in conjunction with other substances. These include everything from HIV protease inhibitors to large quantities of grapefruit juice. Never should anyone take more than 20 mg daily of lovastatin while taking the medicine danazol, a drug often prescribed for endometriosis, since the risks far outweigh the benefits. Since lovastatin prevents the production of cholesterol by the liver, it also should be used cautiously by people with liver disease or alcoholism. Pregnant woman cannot take lovastatin because it is harmful to the fetus. Nursing mothers can also pass on harmful ingredients to infants, so they also should never take lovastatin to lower cholesterol.
Less serious but more common side effects of taking lovastatin to lower cholesterol include constipation and/or nausea. One way to avoid all of the side effects is with all natural methods that do not run the risk of harmful side effects when lowering cholesterol. It is important to maintain a healthy weight, eat a low-fat and low cholesterol diet, and get plenty of exercise. In addition, several nutrients found in fresh foods and herbs can naturally lower cholesterol. A compete plan for lowering cholesterol without drugs can be found in The 60 Day Prescription Free Cholesterol Cure.
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