Statins And Migraines

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Evan Says:


I was on a Statin for the past 5 years and have suffered with migraines for the past 15 years. For many reasons I decided to take myself off the Statin 2 years ago. I attributed my decrease in migraines by changing jobs and reducing stress. My doctor recently convinced me to start back on a Statin. I've been on it for the past month and have noticed for the past week I've had constant migraine pain. So I've decided to live with the POSSIBLE risk of heart disease rather than the debilitating pain from daily migraines.



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Verwon Says:

Hello, Even! How are you? I'm sorry about the problem you had.

First, I'd like to clear up a misconception, if you have high cholesterol, it isn't just heart disease that you're at risk of, you're actually at risk of a full heart attack, because cholesterol can clog your arteries.

That said….yes, statins are known to cause headaches, as a side effect, as listed by the FDA. Other side effects may possibly include nausea, dizziness and joint/muscle aches. Many people do have problems taking them and end up needing to stop.

However, there is no need for you to be at risk. You can use diet and exercise to help lower your cholesterol levels.

You should also speak to your doctor, as there are medications that can be prescribed that are not in the statin category.

Are there any other questions or concerns?

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