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what are the risks of statins?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
From a 2 year-old?: The major side effect is muscle ache but muscle cell destruction leading to kidney damage has been reported- although extremely rare. In general, the benefits far outweigh the risk for managing hypercholesterolemia.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Are there any major side effects from statins?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 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.
Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 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.
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Portland, OR
A 48-year-old male asked:

Are statins safe?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: Statin medications used to treat high cholesterol are considered safe. As with all medications and medical procedures, we weigh the risks vs. The benefits. The risks of statins is very low (may adversely affect the liver but this is rare) and the benefits are great (significant reduction in heart disease and stroke.) discuss this with your doctor, in light of your individual medical conditions.
A 81-year-old member asked:

Do statins reduce the power of the immune system or enhance it?

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Dr. Gerald Lee
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Anti-inflammatory: Statins not only reduce cholesterol but they also appear to reduce inflammation caused by the immune system. Unfortunately clinical trials for diseases like asthma have not found benefit. Some patients get more nasopharyngitis or urinary tract infections according to the package insert.
A 67-year-old member asked:

What are the risks of takingi statin drugs, long term?

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Dr. James Huang
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Pros and Cons: Statins have been known to reduce the risk for coronary artery disease and cerebral vascular accidents (stroke). There are always side effects with pharmaceuticals, neutraceuticals, and vitamins. It is always wise to be monitored by your physician. Some side effects commonly associated with statins would be rhabdomyolsis, myalgias, fatigue, elevated liver function, diarrhea, and dark urine.
Irving, TX
A 29-year-old male asked:

Recently found an article from 2007 connecting Statin drugs to ALS. Has this been disproven? Do statins increase als risk?

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Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 33 years experience
Statin drugs: The main side effect of statin drugs is lowering the risk of heart attack/stroke in patients w/ high cholesterol. Recommendations about who should take statin drugs are based on a very large amount of clinical data and represent evidence-based scientific medicine. Whether to take a statin depends on lots of factors. For personalized advice, consult your doctor or a specialist on HealthTap.

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