Weight loss is a subject of interest these days, especially with Ozempic being in the spotlight for a while. Check out the latest on supplements vs. statins – substances that are included in a lot of weight loss “treatments.”
Statins’ potential side effects
Psychiatric adverse drug reactions (ADRs) have been reported with statin use, but the literature regarding statin-associated mood/behavioral changes remains limited. “We sought to elicit information germane to natural history and characteristics of central nervous system/behavioral changes in apparent connection with statin and/or cholesterol-lowering drug use, and delineate mechanisms that may bear on an association.
Participants (n = 12) reported mood/behavior changes that commenced following statin initiation and persisted or progressed with continued use. Reported problems included violent ideation, irritability, depression, and suicide,” according to an official study.
What are other statin side effects?
One of the most common complaints of people taking statins is muscle pain. You may feel this pain as a soreness, tiredness or weakness in your muscles. The pain can be a mild discomfort, or it can be serious enough to make it hard to do your daily activities.
However, researchers have found a “nocebo” effect when it comes to people thinking they have muscle pain from statins. A “nocebo” effect means people who have negative expectations about a medicine report experiencing the potential side effect at higher rates than the drug should cause.
Statins can also cause physical dependence as it contains Chlordiazepoxide as one of the ingredients. Physical dependence is defined as the occurrence of a withdrawal reaction following a sudden stoppage of the drug or a decrease in dose. They can also cause constipation. You should eat high-fiber foods like vegetables, fruits and cereals, and drink plenty of water. Exercise regularly by engaging in activities like swimming, jogging or going for a walk. It’s also important to note the fact that they can cause kidney problems – little or no urinating, painful or difficult urination.
As listed on some statins’ official side effects list, here’s what more you can expect:
“Nausea, Constipation, Nervousness, Dryness in mouth, Difficulty in urination, Confusion, Sleepiness, Weakness, Dizziness, Blurred vision, Impaired coordination.” They can also cause jaw clenching and pain.
Anyway, massive caution is needed while using all lipid-lowering drugs of the statin group, according to official medical reports.