Statins may Relieve Macular Degeneration

High doses of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs — medicines such as Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor — may help people with a common eye disease called macular degeneration, a small study suggests.

In the early stage clinical trial, a team from Harvard Medical School assessed the effects of statin treatment in people with the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

They found that intensive doses of statins carry the potential for clearing up the lipid [fat] debris that can lead to vision impairment in a subset of patients with macular degeneration. Not all cases of dry AMD are the exactly the same, and their findings suggest that if statins are going to help, they will be most effective when prescribed at high dosages in patients with an accumulation of soft, lipid material.

Not everyone can tolerate statins. Many develop muscle cramps.

For more info:

http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/macular-degeneration/news/20160204/high-dose-statins-may-ease-macular-degeneration-for-some

http://www.doctorslounge.com/index.php/news/pb/61321

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