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
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 05, 2018
Antidepressants, blood pressure drugs, and allergy medicines are some of the many popular medications that can affect your dreams, and not always in a good way.
Medications that influence the neurotransmitters in our brain — those same chemicals that affect our mood and alertness — often come with the reported side effect of causing disturbing dreams and nightmares. While nightmares occur in only 1–5% of folks using these medications, here is the list of the most common offenders. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 04, 2017
Of the non-genetic causes of birth defects, medications are a well-known offender. Early in the first trimester, many women don’t yet know that they are pregnant. This is a high-risk time to be taking certain medications as this is the major period of organogenesis or development of the organs.
While the science is very limited (pregnant women are generally not included in medication safety studies) there are a handful of medications that are considered category X drugs, or drugs that should not be taken in women who are or may become pregnant. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 29, 2016
High cholesterol may be much ado about nothing, especially in older folks. A recent meta-analysis published in BMJ Open raises a strong argument that lowering LDL cholesterol in older people doesn’t help at all.
Where does this leave us? Are we over-treating millions of folks with cholesterol lowering drugs, “statins” like Lipitor (atorvastatin), Crestor (rosuvastatin), and Zocor (simvastatin)? Let’s take a look. See More
Elizabeth Davis - April 25, 2016
Good news if you’re one of the millions of Americans that takes Crestor, a popular cholesterol medication.
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Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 01, 2015
The best treatment in diseases such as atherosclerosis, or coronary artery disease, is prevention. Lifestyle changes like exercise, quitting smoking and changing your diet are an important place to start, but sometimes you just need more help.
Drugs like the statin medications work well to lower cholesterol but may come with some side effects. I am often asked by patients: what natural remedies really work to lower cholesterol?
There are some options out there, but before I show you some promising and well-studied plants that may help lower cholesterol, please remember a few things: these are unregulated and may carry issues of toxicity. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 23, 2015
Statins are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world for a reason: they can lower your LDL cholesterol (the “bad cholesterol”) by 20 – 60%. Statins are also helpful for the prevention of heart disease in some people with high cholesterol.
Time with your doctor can be limited, so you may not have heard all of the upsides and downsides when you were prescribed a statin. See More
Roni Shye - May 29, 2015
When you hear the phrase “a rare but serious side effect,” what comes to mind? With so many pharmaceutical commercials on television these days you may be be used to hearing that phrase.
Statins like Lipitor (atorvastatin), Zocor (simvastatin), and Crestor (rosuvastatin), are some of the most popular cholesterol medications, and they come with this “fine print” phrase. Statins can cause a rare but serious side effect called rhabdomyolysis. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 09, 2015
Two very different sets of guidelines exist for when to use cholesterol lowering medications in children transitioning into adulthood. Should those aged 17 – 21 with high cholesterol be on a cholesterol-lowering drug—a statin drug? How and when to treat those younger than 40, and especially those folks 17 – 21, is not nearly as well studied as in older folks, so guidelines are based on expert recommendations from limited data in this age group. 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