The number of Americans over 40 who take cholesterol-lowering drugs has climbed from around 20% in 2003 to around 28% in 2012.
Are we a country that is relying too much on medications to help extend our lives? New guidelines recommend statin drugs for half the adult population.
One of the most widely prescribed and effective drugs in the war against heart disease is about to become even more popular, because of new recommendations by the nation’s cardiologists.
The drug is called “Atorvastatin,” but you probably know it as Lipitor, and starting today it is going generic. More important, this could make big differences in lowering not only cholesterol but the very important element LDL or bad cholesterol.
The blockbuster cholesterol lowering drug Lipitor loses its patent tomorrow. So what does that mean for the millions of Americans who take it?
It’s estimated that only about 5% of strokes are experienced by young adults under the age of 50 but a new study suggests they may also benefit from statin therapy already used by older stroke victims.
The next 14 months will bring generic versions of seven of the world’s 20 best-selling drugs, and other medication.
The statin drugs are cholesterol lowering drugs that are prescribed to millions of Americans but they should only be taken by those who need them.