Can Statins Help Treat MS?

the MPR take:

A study published in The Lancet points to a potentially new treatment option for secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS).  In this phase 2 study, patients received either an 80mg dose of the statin drug simvastatin or placebo.  The primary endpoint was annualized rate of whole-brain atrophy. The researchers concluded that compared to placebo, high-dose simvastatin reduced the rate of whole-brain atrophy by 43%. More research will be needed before a recommendation for use in MS patients can be made.  In 2011, the FDA recommended limiting the use of simvastatin 80mg because of an increased risk of myopathy.  The most serious form of myopathy, rhabdomyolysis, can damage the kidneys and lead to kidney failure, which can be fatal.

Can Statins Help Treat MS?
Can Statins Help Treat MS?
Cholesterol-busting statins may have an unexpected benefit for patients with multiple sclerosis, a new study found. studied 140 patients diagnosed with the most severe form of the disease, known as secondary progressive MS. They found that high doses of statins — about double the average amount ...

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