Statins have been prescribed for heart disease sufferers and individuals with high cholesterol, but they have usually been intimidated by the multiple risks and side-effects.
The medicine has been praised for its help when it came to reducing the mortality among Americans with heart conditions. However, people recently started doubting the effect of the drug and began asking themselves if it deserves the risk.
Researchers from the University of Oxford lately showed that the benefits of statins are greater that what individuals have thought so far and that the side-effects seem to be minimal.
As scientists believed that the side-effects for this drug have been exaggerated over time and that the risks are not as high as people think, they started examining several cases to find out how the medicine works.
One of the most significant findings of the study shows that the side-effects of statins are fewer than the cases in which the patient’s health has improved. It could only mean that the medicine’s benefits are greater than the side-effects.
Physicians usually recommend statins for individuals who need to lower their cholesterol levels. The drug also reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack according to doctors.
The research showed that among the side-effects of statins, people encountered nausea, liver problems and muscle pain. Moreover, these consequences could be eliminated by the stopping of the treatment.
However, scientists noted that by canceling the minor side effects by interrupting the treatment, patients expose themselves to higher risks of heart attack or stroke.
According to recent statistics, stroke and heart attack represents the primary cause of death worldwide. Moreover, other statistics show that sufferers in the United Kingdom extensively use statins without having concerns regarding possible side-effects and their lives haven’t significantly been affected by the treatment’s risks.
Other British scientists observed that the general population is confused about the multiple discussions and statistics that lead to patients canceling their treatment with the medicine. However, doctors further recommend the use of statics which can prolong their lives and highlight that the side-effects are minimal when compared to the benefits of the drug.
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