Statin drugs have become the first treatment option for high cholesterol. Statin medicines to lower cholesterol were approved in the United States in 1987. Now that statin use has accelerated, as more and more people have taken statins, there have been more and more reports of serious and sometimes fatal side effects.
Some of the patients complain about muscle aches and weakness, or tendonitis, while others struggle with frightening memory loss and difficulty concentrating.
- Reported Side Effects from Statin Use include:
- Muscle pain and muscle damage
- Nerve damage
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Tendonitis and tendon rupture
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Liver damage and liver abnormal function
- Unmasking of mitochondrial dysfunction
- Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Increase in diabetes
- Congenital defects in children of women who took statins in pregnancy
These side effects may not be as rare as we’ve been led to believe. Some people can take statins and not develop side effects. But how necessary are statins in the first place?
“Before statins, there was really nothing that would lower cholesterol very much—10–15 percent maybe. But with statins you could knock cholesterol down around 30–40 percent. So if you can argue that an elevated cholesterol level causes coronary disease, you’ve got a big reason why there is now a multi-billion dollar industry.” – Dr. Donald Miller
“The statin drugs that people are taking to lower their cholesterol levels actually cause the liver cells to die. When enough liver cells die, there’s less cholesterol in the blood. So naturally the cholesterol level goes down.” – Dr. Fred Kummerow
“To believe that statin medication is the answer to everything, despite reports that these drugs haven’t done much in terms of saving people’s lives, is misguided. There’s a lot of evidence that supports the fact that you don’t need to be on a statin medication.” – Dr. Fred Pescatore
A study of over 4,100 participants by Dr. Beatrice Golomb of the University of California–San Diego found that:
- Most of the “adverse effects” occur in higher doses of statins.
- Recurring symptoms happen frequently after the first side effect.
- Typical reactions to statin drugs include pain in muscles; trouble remembering things; a tingling, burning, or numbing sensation; and a general sense of irritability.
- Other symptoms include mood changes, violent nightmares, liver and stomach problems, trouble breathing, profuse sweating, weight gain, breast enhancement, dry skin, rash, impotence, and changes in blood pressure.
- Statins also negatively impact protein in the urine, kidney function, and the
“You can smoke cigarettes for thirty years before anything goes wrong. People have been taking statins for less than thirty years. But if you look at the underlying metabolic catastrophe that you’re wreaking on the body from taking these cholesterol-lowering drugs, it’s not a pretty picture. I’ve seen some significant, really debilitating, and even life-threatening side effects from patients taking statins. And that’s just my observations as one doctor, who doesn’t work full time. If I’m seeing this many, how many more people are out there are being poisoned and killed by these drugs? I tell patients that statins may add fifteen years to your life, but they don’t make you live fifteen years longer. They will make you feel fifteen years older.” – Dr. Malcolm Kendrick