New Warning on Cholesterol Medication

FDA issues safety warning about memory loss on frequently prescribed statins.
1:30 | 02/28/12

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-- have some big health news for everyone shortly before we came on the -- -- headline. About -- means one out of every four Americans 45 and older takes them. And today the FDA announced that it will slap new safety warnings on the packages. Including a warning about confusion and memory loss and ABC's doctor Richard -- is on the case. Breen who -- takes its debt and to lower -- cholesterol and protector heart. My cholesterol it's always been hi my father died of -- stroke and my brother. -- -- -- -- -- But tonight word that the FDA will soon put a new label owner bottle of Staten -- the warnings will include side effects such as memory loss confusion. A rise in blood sugar which could lead to diabetes and drug interactions causing muscle damage as for the memory loss and confusion -- concern is disorientation. Not knowing where he wore -- users have reported these side effects for years but the numbers are finally -- and that the FDA is taking action. Still doctors tonight stand by the benefits of Staten. Even with these warnings that benefits of these drugs far outweigh the risks when they're given to -- patients. The bottom line all drugs have side effects and you -- the benefits and the problems but for people who truly need these drugs the benefits of stats are large. In this side effects are rare so don't -- -- stats but Diane if you experience any of this you have to speak out always suspect of Staten if you're experiencing these particular symptoms thank you rich.

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