Cholesterol Drugs May Help Treat Multiple Sclerosis

A new study revealed that popular medications used to treat high cholesterol levels like Lipitor may also slow down the progression of multiple sclerosis, also known as MS. It is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that can inhibit the ability to walk and engage in daily activities.

The study, which was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, utilized data gathered from 81 patients with early-stage MS. One group of patients receive a daily dose of 80mg of atorvastatin (known as Lipitor), while the other group takes a placebo.

At the conclusion of the study, more than half of the atorvastatin-taking patients experience no new MS brain lesions, while less than 30 percent of those receiving placebo experienced the same effect.

These medicines that treat high cholesterol, collectively known as statins, work by inhibiting the production of cholesterol in the liver and reducing cholesterol levels in the bloodstream.

Source:  DrugWatch

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