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Old 01-21-2009, 04:54 PM   #1
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Lipitor and the Gall bladder

I read that statin drugs like Lipitor deposit cholesterol in your gall bladder, my Mom has been taking Lipitor for years and now might need her gall bladder taken out due to gall stones.

I was wondering where in the body cholesterol gets deposited after the gall bladder is removed.

Does anyone know?

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Re: Lipitor and the Gall bladder

Statins do not deposit cholesterol in the gall bladder to the best of my knowledge. They inhibit the body from making cholesterol.

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Old 01-22-2009, 12:34 PM   #3
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Re: Lipitor and the Gall bladder

Gallstones form when your body has to remove excess cholesterol, which then clumps together in the gallbladder. People who take cholesterol-lowering drugs often develop gallstones.

The statins are REMOVING cholesterol from the blood to be stored in the gall bladder. If you were eating fiber such as oatmeal to remove the cholesterol, it would be eliminated from the body.

Since my mom might have her gall bladder removed, I was wondering where the cholesterol would be stored by the statins. I wonder what the side effects are of taking the statins with no gall bladder, maybe liver problems? Would the cholesterol be clumped together in the liver? I don't have a medical background and I couldn't find an answer on-line. I don't want Mom to have more problems than she has now with no gall bladder, I'm trying to talk her out of the surgery if she can control her pain with medication and diet.

Thanks so much for your response.

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