This is about something that can happen to some people on cholesterol medications.
My husband has been through a very difficult time because of tablets prescribed for cholesterol. The first tablets affected his liver so the doctor put him onto a different one. After a while he became increasingly tired and started losing weight. His ribs were sticking out and his previously strong arms and legs started wasting away. He was unable to mow the lawn or do other normal things and finally could hardly walk. He had great difficulty working and it was sheer will power and the grace of God that kept him going.
It was difficult for the doctor to figure out what was going on because my husband also has a medical condition that is complex and difficult to treat and no-one thought of his cholesterol tablets being involved until someone he knows said “Wait till you hear what happened to me”. They were on the same cholesterol tablets and had got so bad their legs would not support them and they would fall down. Their doctor immediately took them off the tablets and sent them to a physio for advice on rehabilitation.
My husband stopped his tablets and went to his doctor to let him know he wasn’t taking them any more. It has taken months for him to regain some strength and he has a long way to go to get back to how he was. Our pharmacist had not heard of people being affected like that, but just chatting to people in our neighbourhood we came across three others who had experienced the same thing.
When I googled the two tablets I learned that they are in a group called statins. I was shocked to find that the most severe form of the side effect my husband experienced is potentially fatal. I also found that there were two programs on TV last year warning people of the danger. Unfortunately we had not seen these.
One type of statin which caused fatalities was withdrawn in America and there was a class action against the manufacturer. In America there were also petitions to withdraw the tablet my husband was on, but when the pharmaceutical company came out with a lower dose version it was allowed.
Not everyone on cholesterol tablets is affected in this way, but I want to let all MoMs know so that if it happens to someone in your family who is taking cholesterol medication, you will be aware that it may be the tablet causing the problem.
Posted anonymously, 23rd May 2014