Gout and lipitor

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Statins are the most commonly prescribed lipid-lowering agents in the United States.

They are generally effective and are supported by favorable outcome studies.

Recent studies have helped establish practice standards for treating patients with elevated LDL levels to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).

Even patients who have had a heart attack but maintain normal total and LDL cholesterol levels have decreased morbidity and mortality from recurrent heart attack and stroke when treated with a statin.

Statins such as Lipitor may have potential side-effects.

Some of the ones that have been mentioned include: Peripheral edema, hyperglycemia, increased muscle enzymes, muscle and joint pains, gout, weight gain, hypoglycemia.

Of more importance is the fact that gout often coexists with other conditions. These are called “co-morbid” conditions. They include hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and elevated cholesterol. This complex is referred to as the "metabolic syndrome."

The incidence of metabolic syndrome appears to be increasing as a result of the increasing epidemic of obesity in the United States.

All co-morbid conditions need to be treated.

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