Statin drugs increase the risk of developing shingles


Previously, I told you about the US Centres for Disease Control that issued a new recommendation that everyone aged 60 and over should get a shingles vaccine. The herpes zoster virus that causes shingles has been around for a long time.

Shingles occurs when the common childhood infection of chicken pox reactivates in your body after hiding in your nerves for years or even decades. It erupts on your skin’s surface in painful lesions.

Sudden rise

In recent years, there has been an upsurge in shingles cases, especially among the elderly… so it’s no wonder Big Pharma came up with a new vaccine to treat it.

And that’s despite the fact that shingles can be treated effectively with intravenous ascorbic acid (IAA), which floods your cells with a massive dose of vitamin C. In one trial, seven of eight patients treated with IAA reported complete relief within two hours!

Dig a little bit deeper and you’ll soon find a very good reason why shingles is on the increase among elderly patients. That’s because the common link here is cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

If you are over the age of 50 (or even younger) then chances are that your doctor have recommended that you take a statin drug… as a heart-protective precaution, even if you are at no or little risk of having a cardiovascular incident like a heart attack or stroke.

As a regular of the Daily Health by now you must be aware of the side effects associated with cholesterol lowering statin drugs including muscle pain, fatigue, memory loss, depression and kidney failure to mention but a few.

And now, we can add shingles to that list. In a 2016 study, researchers found that taking a statin drug led to a “significant” increase in the risk of developing shingles. The researchers also noted that the higher the dose of the statin drug taken, the higher the risk of developing shingles.

But this is not the first time researchers found a link between statins and shingles. In a 2014 study, researchers followed nearly 500,000 patients age 66 or older for more than 13 years who were treated with statin drugs. Their finding, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, showed that patients taking statin users 13 per cent higher shingles infection rate than non-statin users.

So, if you are on statin therapy and suddenly develop shingles, don’t opt for the vaccine… ask your doctor about intravenous vitamin C and talk to him or her about natural alternatives to keep your cholesterol levels in check.

Disclaimer: Bear in mind the material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.


“Vitamin C, Shingles, and Vaccination” Thomas E. Levy, M.D., Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, 8/27/13,

“Statins and the risk of herpes zoster,” Clinical Infectious Diseases 2014; 58 (3): 350-356

“Statin use and the risk of herpes zoster: a nested case–control study using primary care data from the U.K. Clinical Research Practice Datalink,” British Journal of Dermatology December 2016; 175(6): 1183–1194

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  • The more I know about statins, the more I think it’s actually a crime that they are still being prescribed.

  • This would explain why I all of a sudden suffer with shingles… never had it before and since I’ve been taking statins, I’ve had so many side effects and then shingles! And guess what, the doctor recommended a vaccine. Something is wrong here.

  • I took these drugs and they made my life a living hell. I’d much rather have slightly high cholesterol than having to suffer with the constant muscle pain and headaches.

  • My daddy took these drugs and I basically saw him deteriorate in front of my eyes. He lost so much muscle and in the end he could not even climb stairs because of muscle weakness. He was in great health before he took these drugs but his doc told him he must take them because of his age (he was 80).

  • Statin drugs caused me so much misery. My muscles started aching within days from taking the first tablet. Then the memory loss started, soon my gums were bleeding and very sensitive. These drugs are very dangerous.

  • My daddy is taking these drugs. He never had any heart problems and his cholesterol is in the middle of the range. But he is 70 and his doctor says he must take these drugs if he doesn’t want to die. But we all die at some stage. So, I’m not sure if the doctor thinks these drugs will keep Daddy alive forever. I don’t think so.

    What must we do? Keep him on the drugs, even if he doesn’t need them? Or do we ignore what our doctor says.

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