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Cape Gazette HEALTH & FITNESS TUESDAY, APRIL 2- THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013 21 scle soreness? cause 'm willing to bet that if you're on more than a single medication, then one of them is probably a statin. Statins are some of the most commonly prescribed medica- tions today. There are seven FDA-approved statins cur- rently on the market. Those include: atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), pravas- tatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), lovastatin (Mevacor), fluvastatin (Lescol), and the newest addition to the bunch, pitavastatin (Livalo). Statins were widely regarded as miracle drugs when they first arrived on the market. They are primarily used to reduce choles- terol in your body, but they also: • Lower the risk of a heart at- tack in patients with chest pain • Reduce death and hospital- ization in older patients with heart failure • Improve outcomes in pa- tients who get specialized heart surgery (artery bypass surgery) • Reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in generally healthy people. Let me say that again: they can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in healthy people. In addition to reducing high choles- terol levels, a risk factor for heart attack or stroke, statins also have what are called pleiotropic ef- fects. This refers to effects other than those for which the drug was specifically developed. It turns out that statins have anti- oxidant properties, a pleiotropic effect. If you drink coffee or eat blueberries for health benefits, you're probably consuming them because you heard they have antioxidants. Similar to the cof- fee 'and blueberries, statins act as antioxidants to scavenge free radicals (things that break down Creating a Healing Journal set April 8,15 Karen Barwick and Beth ]oselow will lead a two-part ex- pressive arts workshop, Creating a Healing Journal, at 10 a.m., Monday, April 8, and 10:30 a.m., April 15.. This series of classes will include various forms of expressive writing. Participants should bring a copy of a favor- ite poem, meaningful images, pictures, items from nature and other decorative items to in- corporate into the journal. No artistic experience is necessary. For information or to register, call 302-645-9150. and inflame your body tissues) statins cause the muscle pain is about generic options. Some The third solution may be in and remove them from your unclear, it is clear that the inci- statins are not generic and can be finding potential drug interac- body. dence of pain is dose-related, expensive. Lipitor just recently, tions. Statins interact with many Now that you know the ben- The higher the dose of statin, went generic, so that's great other medications. Grapefruit efits of statins and why they are the greater the chance of.muscle news if it has been working for juice is the most common in- used as preventative therapy, it's pain. you. Livalo and Crestor are only teraction, but also is the most also important to understand What can you do to stop the brand names at this time, but potentially detrimental. Try the risks, pain? First of all, do not just stop Crestor will be going generic in eliminating grapefruit)uice from While many people can, and taking the drug. Talk to your dec- the near future, your diet if you are taking statins, do, benefit from taking statins, tar and let him or her know you Another option is to continue and you may see a reduction in many patients also feel the side are experiencing pain, and then your current treatment and wait muscle pain. You may also want effects of this class. Muscle pain you can develop a plan together, until the pain subsides. Myopa- to start a conversation with your and weakness (called myopathy) The easiest, and probably the thies with statin use generally community pharmacist, who is are common and present with first option, is to try another dissipate within three months of. knowledgeable about medica- every medication in this class, statin. Different statins affect continued therapy. If the painis tions. Anywhere from 10 to 44 percent patients differently, so trying so great that it affects your daily Here's to your health! of statin users report muscle an alternative one may alleviate activities, do not hesitate to con- pain. And, even though the exact your side effects. When switch- tact your physician and work on William P. Albanese, Ph~'mD, is a pharmacist mechanism through which the ing medications, be sure to ask finding a different option, at Beebe Medical Center. 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