Re: statins effect on gall bladder
I am not sure about your theory, but it does make some sense to me. I had my gallbladder out about 7 years ago, and ever since then I have had to take a medication called Colestid (generic, Colestipol). For some people, there are no problems after gallbladder removal. For me, I had so much bile in my stomach (because now that the gallbladder is gone it has nowhere to go), that I could not digest anything. Put food in my mouth, and literally 30 seconds later I was in the bathroom. My GI doctor prescribed Colestid. Colestid was originally used as a Cholesterol medication, but they found that when the medication absorbs the cholesterol and fat in the foods you eat, this stops the production of excess bile. Bile is needed to digest fat, so less cholesterol = less bile produced by the liver and then stored in your gallbladder (or for me, what used to be my gallbladder!).
Colestid is not a statin. It was out long before those were ever mentioned. But I feel that being that statins effect the level of cholesterol in your bloodstream, it may in turn effect the amount of bile that needs to be produced and stored in your gallbladder.
Last edited by purple2067; 02-01-2010 at 08:18 PM.