Truth About Cholesterol Medication

One keeps reading about the side effects of medications for high cholesterol and that it may not be good to take Statins that are meant to control cholesterol discrepancy. The fact is that any medication can and often does produce side effects. The truth is also that most people do not experience negative effects from taking medication for high cholesterol. But then there are those who do feel the side effects too.

There are a few of us who get worried upon experiencing side effects. Even if the side effects may be low. It always makes good sense to talk over the side effects with your doctor who prescribes the medication in the first place, based on the blood assessment of your cardiovascular condition. He alone is best qualified to evaluate outcomes of the medication. Perhaps he can help choose a medication that works better for you.

Since the effect of Statins on the human body is now being discussed on WhatsApp groups and non-medical open forums it is best to bust the myths surrounding this. It is true that Statins can control the problem, but are not a cure. You need to take it so your total cholesterol stays at a healthy level. It will probably go back up if you stop taking them, unless changes in your diet and exercise can keep it down.

The possibility is that you are on Statins if you have been asked to take pills for controlling cholesterol. It’s a regular treatment option but if it causes side effects you cannot withstand your doctor can prescribe other kinds of medications to help you. So while Statins can stop the liver from creating cholesterol, the other drugs may keep the body from absorbing it thereby raising the level of good HDL cholesterol, or assist the body in clearing bad LDL cholesterol.

Statins medications therefore assist in bringing down cholesterol. The medications work better if one eats plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and other heart-friendly food. For cholesterol to remain in good order you should also include a good regimen for exercise especially if you are overweight. Thirty minutes of cardiovascular exercise is good enough and brisk walking for even five days a week is great!

Actually the heart needs to be in the best of conditions and this is possible if you can lower level of “bad” LDL in the blood. This is where Statins play a useful role in cutting the risk of heart attacks, strokes, or arterial problems. They are the only cholesterol drugs that do that. They are prescribed to people who could get heart disease even if their cholesterol levels are normal!

It is important to remember that pregnant women or lactating mothers should not be taking Statins. Since these drugs lower cholesterol levels, they can cause birth defects. The medicine also can pass through breast milk and harm your little one. People with certain liver diseases should also not be taking these medications.

And no, Statins do not cause memory problems. If anything at all in this direction they might actually prevent dementia and memory loss according to research studies. Some studies also suggest that grapefruit and pomegranates should be avoided as they may cause problems with some drugs. A doctor may best tell you to either limit their intake or completely stay away from them.

It is best to follow label directions when consuming cholesterol medications. Keep in mind to take medicines at the same time every day. Don’t stop or change without consulting your doctor. In case you forget a dose take it as soon as you remember. It’s okay if you have skipped a day but do not ever take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

Sometimes sore muscles result from taking Statins. Discuss any discomfort with your doctor who would know to either lower your medication dose or suggest you take it less often. He may also ask you to take coenzyme Q10 supplements with your medicine. Bear in mind that you do not have to wait for symptoms. In the final count get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly.

Patient Friendly HERD Pharmacy


The World Health Organization report stating that 30% of the fake medicines sold across the world came from India was a disconcerting fact for HERD Pharmacy Managing Director Dr Amol Deshmukh. This then became the starting point for HERD Pharmacy Medical Stores to come into existence. Looking into facts about the Indian pharma retail market it certainly turned out to be a decisive time to make changes for the better.

Dr Amol Deshmukh envisioned a company that would source all its medicines from reliable, big-name suppliers. Being aware of a gray market selling spurious drugs he was keen to start medical stores with optimal storage conditions that would ensure selling safe, authentic medicines. The intention was to establish a trusted brand name where customers could buy needed medications with every surety and confidence.

With this in mind HERD Pharmacy opened its first store in November 2015 at Gayatri Nagar in Nagpur. The team, keyed in to deliver optimal customer satisfaction, soon made it an exclusive medical store offering exceptional service for customer’s making sure their needs were met to their complete satisfaction. In no time HERD Pharmacy has become a household name in the area.

From here on setting up the next and then the next store after judicious exploratory probes had HERD Pharmacy establishing a string of stores in just about over a year.  It has been about two years now and HERD Pharmacy is well recognized as a medical chain store in Nagpur. Exceptional sales marketing strategies helped create its excellent customer base that keeps escalating due to provision of first-rate customer care norms. Stores now include aside from medicines general healthcare products.

HERD Pharmacy is affiliated to HERD Group of Companies which is a progressive business organization surging forward with one primary motive – unwavering pursuit of excellence. HERD Pharmacy is scaling projected targets and it is the ethos of team spirit that keeps it moving forward to attain its position in the pharmacy market of Nagpur. The plan is to keep scaling beyond present pharma trends and exceed consumer expectations.

Delivering a wide range of quality medicines and medical products, the mission now is to open all-night open outlets spread out in Nagpur city, followed by day outlets that will hopefully continue to serve patrons with loyalty and complete customer satisfaction.. The HERD Pharmacy chain of medical stores is geared up to take its success story forward. The way ahead for HERD Pharmacy medical stores has been through innovation, quality and impeccable service. HERD Pharmacy chain stores aim to remain unflinching in their pursuit of excellence by incorporating best practices and ensuring best quality deliverables at competitive prices, within suggested deadlines.

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What Medical Aid Really Means for the Needy

Healing the Poor

Ramtek Medical Camp – Sunday July 13, 2014

The poor in our country follow the health care system offered by state governments. Our Constitution makes it mandatory for States to raise “the level of nutrition and the standard of living of its people and the improvement of public health” as part of its primary duties. But this is hardly happening save for token services. And so alongside the public health sector it is the more popular private medical sector which is actually used more. This is true both in urban and rural settings.

Our public health care sector appears to be for namesake only and it is really true that we do not have enough hospitals, doctors, medical staff, medicines or ambulance services available. We deplorably lack quality of care and accessibility to much needed medical care, especially for the poor. Mostly we are dependent on private medical care that is increasingly getting more unaffordable.

The planning commission which is on its way to being scrapped away soon, was involved in some way to regulate private health care providers. A report it came out with stated that “the transformation of India’s health system to become an effective platform is an evolutionary process that will span several years”. So access to quality medical care remains limited or unavailable especially in most rural areas.

Health issues in rural areas suffer from other maladies as well. Rural children below the age of three are found to be malnourished. Malnourishment is known to impede social and cognitive development of children reducing their educational and employment chances besides irreversibly affecting productivity. This aside we have also to contend with diseases like dengue fever, hepatitis, tuberculosis, malaria and pneumonia that are rampant. Poor sanitation and lack of safe drinking water are major issue affecting public health.

Rural India continues to live below the poverty line and it struggles for better and easy access to health care services. Having conducted continual health camps all through May to August 2014, HERD Foundation is well aware that health issues confront rural people in diverse forms. Dengue, malaria, uncontrolled diabetes, and badly infected wounds as also cancer are all part of the rural debilitating health scene. But the more serious underlying issue continues to be malnutrition, mother and child ill-health, anemia, sickle cell diseases and now increasingly psychiatric conditions.

Overwhelming Response to Kachurvahi Medical Camp


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Overwhelming Numbers of Women Patients

HERD Foundation conducted a free medical camp for people of seven villages of Ramtek Taluka at the premises of Jagdamba Rice Mill at Kachurvahi. The health camp started at 4:00 pm to continue well over 10: 00 pm at night providing free medical checkups to 2000 registered people. Eight medical departments of NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Lata Mangeshkar Hospital with a team of doctors, interns, nurses and attendants provided support to examine and treat the people.

The medical and paramedical team of Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Surgery, Dental and ENT Departments attended to patients who were mobilized from seven villages – Kachurvahi, Hathodi, Lohdongri, Khodgaon, Kirnapur, Chokhala, and Vadgaon. An important feature of the camp was that besides active medical treatment it emphasized on the importance of proper hygiene and prevention measures especially in the ongoing monsoon season.

The camp was privileged by the presence of HERD Foundation founder Dr Amol Deshmukh who along with field staff organized the entire arrangements to make it a success. HERD Foundation’s chief social objective is medical relief for poor and needy. Dr Amol Deshmukh continues to play a key role in contributing for the medical welfare of people through provision of active medical treatment. He is a strong advocate for weaker sections to gain access to medical care, particularly those living in remote rural areas.

Visitors at the camp were examined by general physicians, specialists, dentists, and a team of paramedics to check for debilitating health conditions. Specialist doctors offered one-on-one consultations and several referral cases were taken up. Medical conditions relating to general discomfort, gynecological problems, joint pains, dental issues, eye problems, children’s ailments, malnutrition, back pain, oral cancerous lesions were looked into. Also some cancer cases were detected along with cases of infertility. Nearly about 150 people were checked for conditions requiring physiotherapy of which 50 were guided for treatment then and there. Also about 10 alcohol de-addiction cases were taken up for further treatment.