Anyone taking Statins for RA?

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rock528
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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 11/1/2006 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,

I've been reading more and more lately about the benefits Statins (Cholesterol lowering drugs like Lipitor) give to RA patients. There are no finished trials on Statin use for RA, but I'm thinking of asking my doc if he'll consider prescribing it "off label" for me, since they are pretty mild drugs compared to some of the other things we're all on.

Anybody on these for Cholesterol and seen a difference? Anyone on them for RA? Anyone have any opinions, knowledge, experience on this?

Thanks!
Rocky
 
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erin.K
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   Posted 11/1/2006 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   

hey Rocky,

these statins are wonder drugs aren't they.  now, for Grad school...my hospital just finished a clinical trial with Lipitor for LUPUS! :-) great eh?

the statins aren't really going to "help" the disease progression...but what they are looking at is that the statins will counter-act the side effects of long term IV & oral prednisone and steroids (the whole avascular necrosis of the joints from steroids) so the statins are aiding in gettin' the blood to the joints and thus....preventing problems.

if you have cholesterol? why not! go for it & see what happens.  research is constantly finding ways in which the statins are helping all sorts of diseases.  but in my opinion, i feel the drug doesn't have any disease controlling properties like the dmards and TNF meds....but i do think they stand a chance at helping symptoms & definitely helping prevent RA associated complications like CAD, small vessel disease and such.

keep us posted! this was a really interesting topic you bring up!

take  care,

erin


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