Roni Shye - June 26, 2018
Has your doctor ever warned you about taking statins with grapefruits? It may seem like a strange association, but certain statins like Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Zocor (simvastatin) that are used to lower cholesterol levels can interact with grapefruit and grapefruit juice and cause harmful side effects.
How do statins interact with grapefruit?
Statins are broken down in the liver by a select group of enzymes that also interact with chemicals in grapefruits. See More
Roni Shye - March 10, 2015
HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors—better known as statins—are a group of medications used to treat high cholesterol. High cholesterol, if not treated with proper lifestyle modifications and/or medications, can result in life-threatening cardiovascular events like heart attack or stroke.
Your total cholesterol is made up of both “good” and “bad” parts as well as some other miscellaneous parts. The “good” part of your cholesterol is known as HDL, and the “bad” part of your cholesterol is known as LDL. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 15, 2013
For the first time in a decade, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have made new recommendations for who we treat with statins for high cholesterol and toward what goal. The new guidelines are different. Here is what you need to know:
• Gone are the recommended LDL cholesterol targets, specifically those that ask physicians to treat patients with cardiovascular disease to less than 100 or the optional goal of less than 70. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 23, 2013
Lifelong treatment with a medication is a tall order for some people—so it isn’t all that surprising that discontinuation rates are high for some of the most popular cholesterol medications, the statin drugs.
Why is this a problem? If you’re on a drug to lower your cholesterol, you will need to keep taking your prescription or your cholesterol will go back up. Statins in particular can help lower cholesterol up to 60%, but their effects will go away a couple of months after you stop taking them. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 30, 2013
Aside from Zetia there haven’t been any good non-statin options for lowering LDL Cholesterol. Statin drugs like Lipitor (atorvastatin), Zocor (simvastatin) and Crestor work well to lower the “bad” cholesterol, the LDL, and have remained first line therapy for many years. Finally, there may be something new to get excited about. But, it does have some “issues.”
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 02, 2012
Nocturnal leg cramps are a common cause of pain in the legs that can disrupt sleep. They are present in nearly 50 percent of those over the age of 50. Leg cramps are characterized by sudden muscle tightness, most commonly in the foot, thigh, or calf, that may last from seconds to minutes. Forceful stretching of the affected muscles usually relieves these leg cramps. For some reason, the vast majority of people have these cramps only at night. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - March 20, 2012
For years, many of you taking statins to lower your cholesterol have complained of a fuzzy head and less clear thinking. Statins are among the most prescribed medications in the US, including simvastatin (Zocor), atorvastatin (Lipitor), pravastatin (Pravachol), and Crestor (rosuvastatin).
While studies have not shown statins to cause memory impairment, the FDA decided to listen to patients and add a warning on the label of statin drugs. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 20, 2012
Almost one in four Americans now take a statin, so many of you may have questions about a new or existing prescription. Here are the answers to the most common questions I am asked about statin drugs by my patients:
- Will they hurt my liver? Out of the ordinary liver tests are only seen in fewer than 1 in 100 patients taking statin drugs, and this will go away if you stop the medication. See More