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A 35-year-old member asked:

Scientists have discovered any side effects in the use of statin drugs?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Rheumatology 53 years experience
Yes: Muscle pain, elevated muscle enzymes and elevated liver function tests are most common. There is an increased risk of diabetes and possibly some cognitive issues associated with statins.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Statin drugs are everywhere. Any side effects?

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Dr. Steven Ajluni
Cardiology 36 years experience
Liver and myalgias: Statins are beneficial in both primary and secondary prevention of CAD in high risk patients including diabetics. The biggest concern with using them involve a 5-10% incidence of myalgia. Liver enzyme elevation ( >3x normal) occurs 1% of the time. These side effects reverse with cessation of the statin.Dangerous side effects like rhabdomyolisis are rare (1 in several thousand patients).
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of statin drugs?

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Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Yes: Can cause myalgia, hd, abdominal pain and nausea.
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Dr. Michael Moran
Cardiology 34 years experience
But many of the side effects, particularly the myalgias, can be mitigated by taking CoQ10, usually 300mg is required.
Nov 12, 2012
CA
A 45-year-old member asked:

Are there any major side effects from statins?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 39 years experience
Yes: The most common side effects from statins include 1) myalgia and increased CPK from skeletal muscle and 2) elevated liver function tests reflecting liver inflammation. A vast majority of these side effects are benign. There have been instances of severe skeletal muscle damage or severe liver damage but these episodes are very unusual.
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Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 37 years experience
Women, in particular, have also reported some loss of cognitive function on Lipitor. However this has ameliorated within 10 days of discontinuing the drug. I have not seen studies supporting these anecdotal claims, which is not to discount individual reactions.
Nov 17, 2011
Italy
A 66-year-old female asked about a 66-year-old female:

Which statin has less side effects?

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Dr. Amrit Singh
Cardiology 52 years experience
Try: usually they have class effect. So start small doses. so if u have side effects with one , may have with others.
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