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    Default Cholesterol lowering drugs may not save you from heart disease

    Yes, those of you that think taking drugs will keep you healthy might be in for a surprise:

    For decades, the theory that lowering cholesterol is always beneficial has been a core principle of cardiology. It has been accepted by doctors and used by drug makers to win quick approval for new medicines to reduce cholesterol.

    But now some prominent cardiologists say the results of two recent clinical trials have raised serious questions about that theory ? and the value of two widely used cholesterol-lowering medicines, Zetia and its sister drug, Vytorin. Other new cholesterol-fighting drugs, including one that Merck hopes to begin selling this year, may also require closer scrutiny, they say.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/17/bu...hp&oref=slogin

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    This is why whatever is so great about Western medicine might be proven wrong in 5, 10 or 15 years. Its all just a money maker for capitalists while people are out of shape and keep dying.

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    Default Re: Cholesterol lowering drugs may not save you from heart disease

    Not so fast there Mr. Biggy Mac, don't ingore a key paragraph in that article.

    "Nonetheless, the multistep process has worked well for several cholesterol drugs ? including Lipitor and Zocor, which are in a class of drugs known as statins. In those cases, the postapproval trials confirmed that the drugs reduce heart attacks and strokes, adding to confidence about the link between cholesterol and heart disease."

    The criticism for slow outcome trials applies to Vytorin and Zetia, but not Lipitor and Zocor.

    I take Lipitor and can testify it blew up my LDL. I went from 260+ to 106 in the span of 6 months (without amending my diet I might add ). I read the PDQ when it was recommended and have confidence in it unlike Vyoxx which flipped me out when that was prescribed for a shoulder problem.

    As a sidebar, anyone having read the side effects of Vyoxx probably would have dropped it like a hot potatoe too. Personally, that big Vyoxx settlement should have included liability of the Docs that prepscribed it for not informing the patient of the side effects. There's no way they didn't know how bad that stuff was. It was right there in black and white - can induced a heart attack.

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