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34 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, August 21 - Thursday, August 23, 2007 Complications arise from cholesterol drugs Millions of people svallow a iems as due to aging, discontinue his statin usage lowering drugs, or to share your little white oblong pill called "Before taking Lipit0r, my despite his doctor's denial of their own experience, go to www.peo- Lipitor every day. Others take father had exceptional strength possible link to his condition." Zocor, Crestor or some other and stamina for a man of his age. Many physicians chalk up this statin-type, cholesterol-lowering Each day he played 18 holes of kind of story to coincidence. With Editor's note: Joe Graedon is a drug. golf, walking the entire distance so many people on statins, they pharmacologist, and Teresa These medications work and wheeling his golf clubs reason, some are bound to experi- Graedon is a medical anthropolo- extremely well to lower bad low- behind hill His mind was clear, ence unrelated health problems, gist. Write to them in care of density lipoprotein (LDL)choles- and he had a vibrant sense of But we have also heard from King Features Syndicate, 888 tyrol. They prevent heart attacks humor, many people who got better when Seventh Ave., New York, NY and strokes. For those who do not "After six months on Lipitor, they discontinued a statin-type 10019, or via their website at suffer side effects, such medicines my father was diagnosed with pri- medication, are indeed lifesavers, mary lateral sclerosis. His doctor "I started taking Zocor about six For others, though, adverse PEOPLE'S PHARMACY stopped the Lipitor, but then pry- months ago. I gradually devel- reactions can make life miserable, scribed a series of other statin oped leg, hip and back pain. I also  v 1 When physicians treat numbers drugs. He is currently taking noticed increasing fatigue and loss IEliiJ | instead of people, quality of life Vytorin. His condition has contin- of stamina. At the gym I had can suffer. One reader shared the ued to deteriorate over the past increasing difficultydoingthe SPEClALSl following story: his daily dose. few years, and his symptoms now same exercises I had performed "Three years ago my father, Within a month, my father include severe loss of muscle for more than a year. Going to the ONLM AT m now 85, was placed on Lipitor as began experiencing progressive mass in his legs, weakness, lack of supermarket with my wife also a treatment for elevated choles- weakness in his legs along with balance with frequent falls, diffi- became more difficult, with terol. After hearing a report that bad balance._ His condition wors- culty swallowing, memory loss, increasing discomfort in standing higher doses could reverse arterial ened over the next six months, but dementia, emotional swings, and walking on a concrete floor. narrowing, his physician doubled his physician discounted the prob- incontinence, depression and "After discussing these symp- erectile dysfunction, toms with my doctor I stopped Bayhealth offers healthy aging clinics "He has been transformed from taking Zocor. The symptoms Bayhealth Medical Center will offer the Steps to Healthy Aging clin- a man who embraced life to its began to dissipate and have ics as an opportunity for people to meet one on one with a registered fullest into a person who must use almost completely disappeared." nurse from Bayhealth Medical Center Education Department to confi- a cane to walk and who is now When drug side effects interfere dentially monitor blood pressure, pulse'and weight, and to discuss any filled with despair and hopeless- with a person's ability to exercise health topic of concern. Clinics will be from 9 to 11 a.m., every ness. I am convinced that my or socialize, the balance of benefit Thursday;at Milford .Memorial Hospital, in Room 206 on the second father's abrupt change in health to risk should be reevaluated. To floor of the Grier Building adjacent to the hospital. 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