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Study Links Statin Drugs Zocor, Lipitor to Greater Risk of Cataracts

Filed September 20th, 2013 Joshua Sophy

A new study suggests there may be more risk associated with taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs for the prevention of conditions like blood clots, heart attack and stroke, all of which could be fatal.

According to a Bloomberg report, new data released this week shows that taking statin drugs like Zocor and Lipitor could raise the risk of cataracts. Cataracts are a cloud that forms on the lens of the eyes that can impair vision.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center and the Dallas VA Medical Center. To determine that taking a statin drug increased the risk of cataracts, researchers used two different sets of analysis and found that participants taking statin drugs like Zocor and Lipitor were more likely to develop cataracts than those who were not prescribed a statin drug.

In our previous reports on the dangers linked to Zocor, especially, we’ve noted studies that have linked this statin drug to severe muscle injuries. In the worst cases, Zocor has been linked to a condition known as rhabdomyolysis, which can cause kidney failure and death.

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