We can't expect our doctors to know absolutely everything. We need to be advocates of our own illnesses. We need to pay attention to what our bodies are telling us. When I was feeling extra pain, I didn't ignore it. I took charge, did some research, and thought I discovered the problem. Then I spoke to my doctor, he agreed, we took a plan of action, and now I have no problems.
Pharmacists know more about medications and supplements than our doctors. After all, that's their job. I talk to my pharmacist about what I'm taking and if it will interact with anything, too. When I pick up my medications, I'm always asked if I have any questions for the pharmacist, too. Also, you can go to Drugs.com and look up the medication and see a list of side effects if you are starting to get other symptoms.
The statin medications are good medications and help many. I know quite a few people on them. I'm also diabetic...for 20 years....and neuropathy is an issue with diabetics but I have no problems taking Zocor. I'm taking it, not because I have cholesterol problems, but because my doctor wants to keep my cholesterol extremely low because diabetics are more prone to heart attack and stroke. Actually, Zocor is in a generic now, Simvastatin, and I take the generic. I agree with you totally about generics, too. I believe drugs have to be out there for 20 years before they are made in generics. This helps pay the pharmaceutical company for all the time and research in developing the medication. I'm not positive of that time frame but it's a long time. By the time a drug is generic, people know if there is a big problem with it.
I'm right with you in saying less is better. I only take what I think is necessary. I use more vitamins and supplements to help with my health problems and, so far, it's paying off. But some people need medication like statin drugs. They have a fine history but you need to know about it depleting the CoQ10. I'm sorry you had such a problem with it and hope you are doing better now.
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