The drug, a stimulant, helped patients lose weight (46% of people lost 10% or more of their body weight in clinical trials) but also affected heart rate. In 2005, sales in the U.S. were about $60 million, with another $240 million abroad.
Yet, what happens when you stop statins?
Stopping your statin has been linked to increased risk for cardiovascular events (like heart attack) and death in patients with coronary artery disease. In a recent 8-year study, more than half of patients stopped their statin believing they were experiencing a side effect.
Without doubt, do statins make you urinate more? The study also found that statins were linked to fewer sleep disturbances, but an increase in reports of needing to urinate at night and urinate more frequently, while there were too few reports of cognitive problems to draw any conclusions.
All the same, do statins cause restless legs?
DEAR READER: Restless Legs Syndrome is not a known side effect of simvastatin; however, all of your other symptoms were.
Can you drink alcohol while taking a statin?
Although taking the two together has no direct risks, both statins and alcohol can impair liver function and cause tissue damage. Mixing alcohol and statins can, therefore, increase the burden on the liver, potentially raising the risk of liver damage or disease.