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Do Statins Cause Memory Loss?

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 01:14 PM


Memory loss is listed as one of the potential dangers of taking statin drugs. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says this side effect is a temporary problem, any “fuzzy” thinking or forgetfulness is worth reporting to the doctor.

Scientists are failing to find the side effect of memory loss to be anything more than a rare and reversible event.

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An Australian study published in the March 2015 Austraulasian Medical Journal did not find any real connection between statins and other cholesterol lowering drugs on memory loss events.

Current studies affirm some of the muscle pain and weakness related side effects of statins but report, but according to the National Institutes of Health, concerns about cognitive problems and memory loss couldn't be proven.

A 2014 review of scientific research on statins and their potential effect on memory confirmed that memory episodes connected to the drugs were rare, and results of studies on the issue are inconsistent. Some show statins may actually protect the brain, others show some cognitive problems, and still other studies show no connection between statins and memory. CNS Drugs reported patients who have problems with memory while taking statins should stop taking them and follow up with their doctor over a 1 to 3 month period of time to review their symptoms.

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Some scientists are looking at the use of statins to potentially help prevent dementia.
While no direct connection has been proven, the connection seems to be the role that statins play in reducing cholesterol vs. the role cholesterol seems to have in the development of Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Statins have shown some promise in helping the cognitive abilities of mice.

The American Heart Association lists statins as one of the cholesterol-lowering drug options that can help prevent heart attacks and strokes. The class of drugs works by preventing the formation of cholesterol, but they are not advised for patients who have liver disease or who are pregnant.

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