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Offline abensous

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statin studies
« on: 21/02/2006 23:45:25 »
Hi,

I am new on the forum. I am a student in bioengineering and I am helping a professor on a statin project with teaching purposes.
I would like to know what people think about statins, and especially what doctors think about them. Are they efficient? why would they prescribe this kind of drugs rather than another? What are their advantages or disadvantages?
Thanks a lot :)
Anne


 

ROBERT

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Re: statin studies
« Reply #1 on: 22/02/2006 10:58:59 »
Here is the opinion of an ex-NASA medical doctor on the subject of statins:-
http://www.spacedoc.net/medicine.html
http://www.spacedoc.net/biography.html
« Last Edit: 22/02/2006 11:46:38 by ROBERT »
 

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Re: statin studies
« Reply #2 on: 26/02/2006 15:57:00 »
I am a family practice physician in the Philadelphia area.  I use statins a great deal.  As with any medication, the decision to prescribe it is a risk vs benefit equation.  When we see we can decrease the incidence of heart attack or stroke by up to 33%, with the trade off being occasional muscle irritation or liver irritation(both mild for the majority of patients), the decision is quite easy.  The other classes of hyperlipidemic agents tend to be much less powerful, more inconvenient(higher or multiple dosing), and also have their own side effects (flushing with Niacin, constipation with bile acid sequestrants, etc.)
« Last Edit: 01/03/2006 02:18:21 by Docsab »
 

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