Lipitor and Crestor are the number one cholesterol-lowering prescribed drugs in the United States. In America, 25% people aged 45 and above consume statins (Lipitor and Crestor). Statins block the substance which is required by the body to make cholesterol. They also prevent further blockage in your blood vessels by helping your body to reabsorb cholesterol which has developed in plaques on your artery walls. Statins are prescribed by doctor to prevent a heart attack or stroke.
As per meta-analysis of The Cochrane Collaboration, statins are almost useless for primary prevention. Meta-analysis included 14 earlier studies which involved above 34,000 people. They concluded in the meta-analysis that only limited data proved statins might be cost efficient and enhance patient’s life quality but care should be taken to prescribe statins to the people having low cardiovascular risk. Common side effects of statins are exercise intolerance, muscle pain, memory loss, fatigue, irritability, sleep problems, peripheral neuropathy, and sexual dysfunction.
As per 5 year Heart Protection Study, people suffering from high levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) don’t get benefit from statins any more. People suffering from low levels of CRP are only getting benefit from statins. This study involved above 20,000 people. The study researchers concluded that these results don’t provide support to the suggestion that the helpful statin therapy effects are affected by CRP concentration. Taking statin for secondary prevention is good and if any side effect of the drug develops talk to your doctor immediately.