What cholesterol medication is linked to dementia?

The researchers found that of 300 older adults with mildly impaired thinking and memory, those using “lipophilic” statins were more likely to develop dementia over the next eight years. Lipophilic statins include such widely used medications as simvastatin (Zocor), atorvastatin (Lipitor) and lovastatin (Altoprev).

Can statins worsen dementia?

Previous meta-analysis has investigated the association between statins use and dementia risk but presented controversial results. Wong et al based on 20 observational studies found statins use was slight associated with dementia (RR: 0.82; 95% CI, 0.69–97) and AD (RR: 0.70; 95% CI, 0.60–83) risk decrement.

Does cholesterol medication affect memory?

The FDA warns on statin labels that some people have developed memory loss or confusion while taking statins. These side effects reverse once you stop taking the medication.

Do statins cause memory problems?

In most reports, the main symptom related to statins was short-term memory loss that occurred a few months after the start of statin therapy or after a dosage increase. Cognitive impairment was usually reversible upon discontinuation of statin therapy.

Do statins reduce dementia?

Statins have been convincingly shown to reduce the risk of atherosclerotic heart disease and ischemic stroke. In addition to their cardiovascular benefits, statins appear modestly to reduce the risk for developing Alzheimer’s dementia.

What are the neurological side effects of taking statins?

The most common adverse effects include muscle symptoms, fatigue and cognitive problems. A smaller proportion of patients report peripheral neuropathy—burning, numbness or tingling in their extremities—poor sleep, and greater irritability and aggression.

Do statins cause more harm than good?

Researchers warn that unless a patient is at high risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, statins may cause more harm than good’.