Cholesterol Drug Warnings

March 1, 2012 by staff 

Cholesterol Drug Warnings, Federal health officials plan to add new safety warning labels to drugs that specialize in lowering people’s cholesterol. Dangerous side effects caused by some of these drugs include memory loss and elevated blood sugar, both of which will be stated in the new labels.

Drugs that will receive the new warnings include medicines such as Pfizer Inc’s Lipitor. AstraZeneca’s Crestor and Merck & Co. Inc’s Zocor. All these drugs help tens of millions of Americans to keep their cholesterol at on optimum level daily.

All these drugs are considered to be statins that have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of heart attack and heart disease. The FDA does not want to scare people by issuing these warnings, but rather inform them on some of the possible side effects.

“The value of statins in preventing heart disease has been clearly established,” said Amy Egan, deputy director for safety in FDA’s Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products in a recent statement. “Their benefit is indisputable, but they need to be taken with care and knowledge of their side effects.”

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