From the FDA Website:
“FDA has been investigating reports of cognitive impairment from statin use for several years. The agency has reviewed databases that record reports of bad reactions to drugs and statin clinical trials that included assessments of cognitive function.
The reports about memory loss, forgetfulness and confusion span all statin products and all age groups. Egan says these experiences are rare but that those affected often report feeling “fuzzy” or unfocused in their thinking.
In general, the symptoms were not serious and were reversible within a few weeks after the patient stopped using the statin. Some people affected in this way had been taking the medicine for a day; others had been taking it for years.”
Everything has side effects. Today’s wonder cure is potentially tomorrow’s health crisis. I believe that the vast majority of the men and women who work in pharmaceutical companies are good people who want to help others. That said, the true medium and long term effects of any product are simply unknown until the product is in the marketplace, being used by thousands and thousands of people. We just need to insure that the pharmaceutical companies pass on this data as quickly as possible.
If you are taking any medication and you are experiencing a side effect or reaction, please report it to your doctor and to the FDA -here is a link to their guide for doing just that. Do your part to help keep others safe.