Neuropeptides are biochemicals that regulate almost all life processes on a cellular level, thereby linking all body systems. Although produced primarily in the brain, every tissue in the body produces and exchanges neuropeptides,
They do not simply convey thought, sensation or emotion; these peptide clusters are the thought, sensation or emotion in a process we are only just beginning to understand. Statin drugs, while blocking cholesterol synthesis, collaterally block dolichol synthesis and function as well. Without dolichols the intricate process of neuropeptide formation and transport can not occur.
Since neuropeptides are involved intimately in so many areas of physiology, I can only advise caution and suggest that even the most obscure of patient symptoms may be associated with statin drug use.
Duane Graveline MD MPH
Former USAF Flight Surgeon
Former NASA Astronaut
Retired Family Doctor