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Why your pills may be making you angry: As statins are linked to aggression in women, the mood-altering side-effects of everyday medicines

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Some medicines can may make you aggressive, suicidal or even homicidal
Include drugs for high cholesterol, asthma or acne, or even the Pill
Researchers found that taking statins can make some women violent

By JOHN NAISH FOR THE DAILY MAIL

PUBLISHED: 17:05 EST, 13 July 2015 | UPDATED: 23:54 EST, 13 July 2015

When you take a commonly prescribed drug for a physical condition such as high cholesterol, asthma or acne, or even the birth control Pill, you may be alert for signs of physical side-effects. But such medicines can harbour a more insidious danger: they may make you aggressive, violently jealous, suicidal or even homicidal.

This little understood threat was highlighted this month when researchers found that taking statins to lower cholesterol and prevent heart problems can make some women aggressive and violent, reports the authoritative science journal PLOS ONE.

About seven million Britons a day take statins and the NHS warns side-effects can include headaches, nausea and pain in muscles and joints, but in a study of 1,000 people researchers at the University of California, they also found a link between statins and aggression, particularly in postmenopausal women over 45.

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One thought on “Why your pills may be making you angry: As statins are linked to aggression in women, the mood-altering side-effects of everyday medicines

  1. A doctor said on TV a few years back that when a new miracle drug comes out he is a good doctor and immediately gives it to his patients, but waits 10 years before prescribing it to beloved family members, because it takes at least that long for all negative side effects to show up. And the so-called side effects are the effects.

    The old stand-bys are the best. Steamed veggies prepared at home and lots of moving and exercise throughout the day. Too boring for you. Well, be my prescription drug guest.

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