User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


22° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Cholesterol Drugs Don't Work As Advertised

January 15, 2008, 3:04 PM by Jaine Andrews

Cholesterol Drugs Don't Work As Advertised
Trial tests for two popular cholesterol-lowering drugs show that the medications don't work as advertised. 

The study tested more than 700 people with very high cholesterol to find out if a combination of the drug, Zetia, and the statin drug, Zocor, worked better than Zocor alone. The surprising findings are that the combination, known as Vytorin has absolutely no beneficial effect on patients and may actually be responsible for more heart problems. 

The latest studies show that Zetia alone can reduce cholesterol levels by 20 percent, but it has no effect whatsoever on reducing patients' risk for heart attack or stroke. No only that, but in combination with Zocor, the fatty plaques which can be associated with heart attacks and strokes doubled in size in the patients who took Vytorin, as compared to those taking only Zocor. 

So what should you do if Zetia or Vytorin are in your medicine cabinet tonight? 

Dr. Steve Nissen, chief of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic says, "Patients should always talk to their doctor. No one should ever stop taking medication because they hear a news report. My advice to physicians is not use this drug Vytorin nor to use Zetia as first line agents anymore. These should be really relegated to drugs of last resort."
Nearly one million prescriptions are written for these two drugs every week, making it a 5 billion dollar a year drug for its makers, Merck and Schering-Plough. It's also important to remember that cholesterol reduction is not just a function of taking medication, cholesterol levels can also be lowered through proper diet, weight loss and getting plenty of exercise.

Previous Story

Next Story


Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

1 Dead After ATV Goes Through Ice On Perkins Co. Lake

1/25/2015 8:08 AM

A Newcastle, Wyoming man died after an ATV broke through the ice on a lake in northern Perkins County in South Dakota.

Full Story
Augustana College Student Found Safe

1/28/2015 10:56 AM

On Tuesday, a 19-year-old student left her room saying she was headed to the bathroom. Her roommate reported her missing when she had not returned.

Full Story
Parents Want Those Responsible For Racist Behavior At Hockey Game Held Accountable

1/28/2015 10:05 PM

More than 100 Native Americans met Wednesday with Rapid City official to discuss what Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris called racist and criminal ...

Full Story | Watch
SD Legislation: Daylight Saving Time All The Time

1/28/2015 6:02 PM

Imagine driving home in the winter with the sun still shining. It could be possible if a proposal in the South Dakota legislature passes that would pu...

Full Story | Watch
5 More Flu-Related Deaths Reported In SD

1/23/2015 11:42 AM

The latest report from the South Dakota Department of Health shows that 23 people have died from the virus this season.

Full Story


Events