Diabetes Risk Associated with Lipitor Use, FDA StatesMy Website

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informs patients who are under medication for their high cholesterol, with certain drugs such as Lipitor, of the possible risk of having high blood sugar problems, as stated in an article found in Forbes magazine. Most patients added that the possible development of hyperglycemia may add more problems to their current disorder. Several kinds of health risks may be experienced when patients with cardiovascular problems develop high blood sugar. Although these types of medical disorder do have the potential to exist together, several health care providers say.

High density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol is increased while low density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol and triglycerides are reduced by medications like Lipitor. The manufacturer of Lipitor has listed several lipitor and diabetesmedical conditions that are contraindicated in using this type of medication. Patients who have liver problems and pregnant women are not advised to use this. There are some health experts that question the use of statins (medications for lowering cholesterol levels) because of the increasing number of people who are using it. Doctors still do not have a fixed plan on when to prescribe these medications because some recommend it at 200 mg/dl while others at 240 mg/dl.

Doctors who have treated patients with these medications strive to maintain the balance between the HDL and LDL cholesterol, although some have developed diabetes in the process. Constant monitoring of blood sugar level is important for those who have diabetes because too low or too high creates many health problems. Balancing the cholesterol level is already hard and adding the blood sugar level is going to make it much harder to maintain. This needs strict compliance for both illnesses to stay immobile. The increase in blood sugar level is small but the FDA has added the risk in the labels of statins to inform health care professionals.

Health care providers may still prescribe Lipitor and other statins because the FDA believes that the benefits outweigh the risk, although patients need to be aware of this problem before being prescribed with such medication. Patients may then be able to make sound decisions regarding their health and may choose to take the drug or not. Diet and lifestyle changes are often included in the treatment plan.

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fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/ucm293101.htm
forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2012/02/28/fda-cautions-on-memory-diabetes-in-statin-drugs/
nytimes.com/2012/02/29/health/fda-warns-of-cholesterol-drugs-side-effects.html?ref=lipitordrug
health.harvard.edu/blog/statin-use-is-up-cholesterol-levels-are-down-are-americans-hearts-benefiting-201104151518

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