Statins: Trust your doctor’s advice

Statins: Trust your doctor’s advice


Monday 18 November 2013

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There is clear medical evidence that for many patients, Statins can assist in reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

 

The Australian Medical Association (WA) at the weekend urged patients on Statins not to change their medication or stop taking them without consulting their doctor first in a full-page ad in the West Australian.

 

The plea comes after reports of high-risk patients dumping their medication after viewing ABC’s controversial Catalyst program last month.

 

AMA (WA) President Dr Richard Choong said that prescribing medication was a complex procedure that involved a number of variables, and that basing a patient’s medical needs off the advice given on a television programme was extremely dangerous

 

“When it comes to getting advice on the medication you need, your GP should be your first port-of-call.

 

“Basing your medical needs on second-hand information from dubious sources is extremely dangerous, and we don’t want people stopping their medication without thinking of the potentially lethal consequences,” Doctor Choong said.

 

The AMA (WA)’s plea has been backed by a number of organisations, including the Heart Foundation of Australia and the National Stroke Foundation.

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