Reply To: CIDP and Statins

January 4, 2021 at 4:46 pm

The following studies seem inexact regarding the effect of statins on CIDP. The studies suggest a low risk to CIDP patients from taking statins and none mention any reduction in myelin regeneration. But those of us with CIDP vary in symptoms and often react differently to medicines, treatments, and/or dosages.

In the analysis of 135 previous studies, which included nearly 250,000 people combined, researchers found that the drugs simvastatin (Zocor) and pravastatin (Pravachol) had the fewest side effects of statin medications. They also found that lower doses produced fewer side effects in general.

I take 10MG of Lipitor (a statin) daily without any side effects. I also take Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin 5000MCG) daily to help promote myelin regrowth.

Our brains have a natural ability to regenerate myelin. This repair involves special myelin-making cells in the brain called oligodendrocytes. These cells are made from a type of stem cell found in our brains, called oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs). But as we age, this regeneration happens less.